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Lifeguard supervision at many Nova Scotia beaches will begin Saturday, July 1.
About two dozen beaches in 12 counties are staffed each summer. Beaches are supervised daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Mavillette Beach, Digby County, and Clam Harbour Beach, Halifax Regional Municipality, which are only supervised on weekends.
Most beaches will have lifeguards on duty until August 27. A list of supervised beaches and daily updates on conditions are available at: http://www.lifesavingsociety.n
The Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society is contracted by the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, several municipalities, and Parks Canada to provide lifeguards.
— last summer, more than 182,000 people visited provincial beaches and more than 90 rescues took place
— lifeguards require a Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard certification as well as certifications in standard first aid, oxygen administration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED)
— the society works with the government to test water quality to ensure the safety of all swimmers
Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nslifesavi
Natural Resources and Renewables on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NS_DNRR
New Pilot Program for Continuing Care Assistants Looking to Advance Their Careers
Nova Scotia is taking the next step in building long-term career advancement opportunities in the continuing care sector by offering a free, practical nursing diploma program for continuing care assistants (CCAs) working in Nova Scotia.
The pilot CCA-Practical Nursing Bridging Program will support 25 currently certified CCAs who have worked in a nursing home or home care agency for at least two years in becoming licensed practical nurses.
“The continuing care workforce is a proud workforce. We’ve heard from CCAs that they are looking for opportunities to advance their careers and we are happy to support them in their journey,” said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care. “”This first-in-Nova Scotia program will support CCAs by reducing the financial barriers to professional development and help in our efforts to make continuing care a career path of choice in Nova Scotia.”
The program is two and a half years long and will start in January. Classes are online, with in-person labs at Nova Scotia Community College’s Truro campus. Students will be required to sign a return of service agreement, committing to work full-time in continuing care in Nova Scotia for a minimum of two years after graduation.
The Department is providing employers details on eligibility criteria and the application process to share with their staff.
Investing in education and training opportunities to ensure the health needs of communities are met has been identified as a solution in Nova Scotia’s Action for Health plan.
“I’m so pleased the college and government have been able to collaborate and use the existing pathway to support this blended practical nursing program through our Truro campus. This opens another door for our hard-working CCAs working in continuing care – offering an important opportunity to work and learn if they want to train to become a licensed practical nurse.”
– Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College
“We’re proud to be part of this groundbreaking program that will provide support to frontline workers who want to grow and enhance their skills while filling an important need within the long-term care sector.”
– Vanessa White, Vice-President of People and Culture, Shannex
— CCAs will need to meet the community college’s practical nursing program requirements to be eligible to apply for the pilot program
— the Department is covering the costs of tuition, textbooks and the majority of fees for the 25 students
— tutoring and student services supports will be available
— students will be eligible to write the licensed practical exam when they successfully complete the program
Action for Health, the government’s plan for transforming the healthcare system: https://novascotia.ca/actionfo
Mandate letter of the Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care: https://novascotia.ca/exec_cou