Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority says it had to look internationally to hire licensed practical nurses to meet staffing demands at its new long-term care facility in St. John's.
Eastern Health's new facility on Newfoundland Drive has been open for almost two months, but still has 55 empty beds. That's largely because the authority cannot find staff to treat patients who would otherwise fill them.
Of the vacant beds, 25 will be filled when the Waterford Hospital moves some of its services to the new location.
Sonya Stanford, acting director of human resources client services with Eastern Health, says the remaining 30 beds cannot be filled yet because there are not enough LPNs to cover off shifts.