Canada wants nurses again, but will anyone answer the call?

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/25/2002

Simply put, Canadian hospitals are having a very hard time attracting and retaining new nurses because those already in the profession feel they are being treated very badly.

Nurses feel they bore the brunt of years of layoffs and reduced funding, where corners were cut at every turn. Workloads went up at the same time workforces went down.

A pronounced disconnect has developed between the level of care nurses are trained and want to give and the much lower level they can provide due to the shortage of resources. That alone is enough to demoralize nurses. But that is combined with the casualization of many positions, as well as a feeling nurses aren’t listened to when they voice concerns about the impact changes have on them and patients.