1600 nurses are unemployed, reminds us of the Order

News 16 January, 2018
  • Amélie St-Yves

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 01:00

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 01:00

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    THREE RIVERS | The president of the College of nurses inadequately explains how the lack of staff was able to escalate until the cause of the sit-in at Three Rivers, the end of last week, while at least 1600 graduates are still without employment.

    Lucie Tremblay believes that it is necessary to accelerate the integration on the labour market, both for new nurses and for those from abroad, in order to relieve the pressure on those who are running out now to treat the patients.

    Saturday, at 16 p.m., in full flu season, he missed three nurses on a twenty to the emergency room of Three Rivers. To protest, the nurses who were to start their shifts are seated in the meantime that the hospital replaces the absent.

    “The nurses have wanted to say to the employer that they are exhausted, they are tanned to be put at risk, and they want it to change “, explains the president of the Syndicat des professionnelles en soins de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec, Nathalie Perron.

    No shortage

    Those who were already working were forced to stay with the patient until the reinforcements arrive. Those who have protested have started the job to 20 h, when the replacements were in place to complete the team.

    The same ride was repeated at midnight to the emergency and then on Sunday to the intensive care unit.

    The president of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec deplores the fact that the situation is escalating, while new graduates are looking for work.

    “I explained with difficulty that we are in front of a so-called shortage of personnel in the institutions of the health system, when our statistics show us that 1600 nurses and nurses-and-coming graduates from the past two years, are still without employment,” says Ms. Tremblay, stating that only 20% of new graduates working full-time.

    Another Sit-in ?

    Women have mobilised themselves to Three Rivers, and did not respond to any setpoint association, according to Nathalie Perron.

    “I think that unfortunately, yes, it could happen again. But if we put the solutions in place, we will decrease the likelihood, ” she said.

    The union and the hospital met yesterday to discuss possible solutions.

    The director of human resources, communications to the CISSS de la Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec, Louis Brunelle, says that it is not always possible to replace all the absences.

    “This is never a financial issue. And we hire all that we can as a nurse, ” he says.