County Warden Selwyn Hicks says one meeting with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities is not enough.
He says if Grey County truly wants the Province to allow Georgian College to provide a full Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in Owen Sound, serious lobbying will have to ensue.
He says this means the County must remain in constant communication with the Province on the matter, providing them with in-depth numbers and reports to back up this request.
Hicks even goes so far as to suggest that perhaps a Four Year Nursing Pilot Project is something the Province should consider.
Hicks recently met with Minister Ross Romano to pitch the County's desire for the Ministry to allow nursing students to pursue their full four year nursing program at Georgian in Owen Sound. (During the AMO Conference)
Currently, he says it is a split program with the first two years taking place at Georgian College in Owen Sound and the remaining two years at York University in Toronto.
Under the current system, Hicks says after training the students for two years they finish their degree in Toronto Â where they also receive their placement in the city.
Hicks says if the students were able to complete their studies locally and find local placements it would greatly benefit the students as well as the health community.
Stats from Grey and Simcoe suggest the area needs to hire over 4,300 new nurses over the next decade.
Best of all, Hicks claims a four year nursing program run out of Georgian College in Owen Sound would not cost the government any additional dollars.
Hicks is very excited about the possibilities and vows to continue to lobbying the Province on this matter.