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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Greater than 1,000 nurses took to the streets of Charlottetown on June 9 to protest workers shortages throughout the nation.
Members of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) assembled exterior the P.E.I. Conference Centre and marched up Queen Road, winding their manner down Grafton and Prince streets to Confederation Touchdown Park the place the CFNU held what it known as a “Dying for
Secure Staffing” rally.
All of the nurses stretched out on the bottom, with sufficient attending to virtually fill the park. A second of silence was noticed for the 95,000 nurses in Canada who contracted the COVID-19 virus in the course of the pandemic and the 93 nurses who died from the virus.
Pauline Worsfold, an government member of the CFNU, additionally requested the nurses to spend a second excited about nurses who’re experiencing psychological sickness, burnout and trauma due to working lengthy hours and never having sufficient help throughout the previous couple of years.
“We’re right here to inform the remainder of the world we’re not going to take it anymore,’’ Worsfold, a nurse on the College Hospital in Edmonton, advised the group. “Nurses are leaving the occupation. They’re going, going, gone, and a few of our colleagues are dying for protected staffing – actually and figuratively. We will’t take it anymore.’’
Worsfold mentioned nurses are holding the health-care system collectively by sheer will and dedication and by placing in extreme time beyond regulation. It has led to circumstances that aren’t protected to work in.
In an interview with SaltWire on June 8, Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, mentioned staffing shortages have grown so unhealthy that sufferers who’re ready longer than they need to to be examined are bodily lashing out at nurses.
Hazelton mentioned nurses are being spit on and struck, including that one of many nurses in her union that got here to the convention was nonetheless affected by a concussion as a result of being abused by a affected person.
Worsfold mentioned that’s why nurses are leaving the system and it’s why there aren’t sufficient nursing graduates popping out of faculties to interchange the quantity leaving.
Shayna Conway, an ICU nurse on the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, mentioned she is already feeling her stress stage rising three years into her profession.
“It’s traumatizing for me and it’s traumatizing for (our sufferers),’’ Conway advised the group, who added that her unit is experiencing a doctor disaster the place there is no such thing as a internist within the intensive care unit. “We’re working shorthanded in our ICU, being requested to stabilize and transport, working in (emergency), mentoring the physicians who’re coming in. Most of our workers is junior. We barely have any senior workers as a result of they’ve been leaving.’’
Ken Speight, a registered nurse from Ottawa, additionally spoke, telling the nurses they will struggle again.
Speight mentioned the Ontario authorities and his hospital administration group deliberate to usher in unregistered nurses to assist clear a backlog of circumstances created in the course of the pandemic.
“They have been going to impose new unsafe staffing measures by bringing in new unregulated health-care employees to do the position as a scrub nurse, changing the nurses who had left,’’ Speight mentioned, referring to nurses who arrange the working room for the affected person, guarantee all of the instruments are sterile and hand instruments to the physician throughout surgical procedure.
Speight mentioned 4 hospitals in Ottawa went forward and introduced within the employees. Near 200 nurses at these hospitals fought the choice, which was reversed.
Speight inspired the nurses to maintain up the struggle towards staffing shortages.
“That is an instance when nurses work collectively they’ve a strong voice and may make modifications,’’ he mentioned.
Linda Silas, president of CFNU, known as the rally on June 9 empowering.
“This was sobering and powerful … to listen to these actual nurses inform the general public and the media how unhealthy it’s in our office,’’ Silas mentioned.
At a look
• 9 provinces have been represented on the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions convention in Charlottetown, June 5-9:
• Quebec is just not a member of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union.
• Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut weren’t represented on the convention.
Dave Stewart is the well being reporter for SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He may be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DveStewart