Nurses' contract touted as salve for health care

Jason van Rassel, Calgary Herald, July 2, 2010 The new contract for Alberta's registered nurses is being hailed as a shot in the arm for the health-care system and patients. The three-year deal includes wage increases totalling six per cent, but provisions that guarantee jobs for hundreds of nursing graduates and bolster job security will benefit everyone who uses or works in the health-care system, Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky said Thursday. "This isn't just about the money," he said. The contract includes a promise by the province to hire 70 per cent of Alberta's nursing graduates for the duration of the deal, which could work out to 1,300 new nurses ... Nurses