Let nurses do their jobs: Report

Oncology nurses spend up to one-third of time on non-nursing duties
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/12/2008

Due to widespread hospital staff shortages, nurses are spending too much time on non-nursing duties such as serving meals and changing sheets and not enough time providing care, according to a new report.

The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada recently released its 2007 report card, which included a survey of nurses at oncology centres across the country, and found almost one-third of a nurse's time is spent on non-nursing tasks.

The report called that "a high rate of time squandered to the detriment of cancer patients."