@SUNnurses President's Message #ptsafety #nursing #skpoli
The time for action is now
Unfortunately short-staffing is nothing new to registered nurses. For years we have been working under increasing pressure, many of us at the breaking point, but we have always showed up and got the job done because we know that being a registered nurse has never been about us. We know that our patients always come first – they depend on us and at the end of the day it’s them that make this incredibly rewarding career worthwhile.
The problem is that it’s not getting any easier. When you listen to what direct care registered nurses are saying everywhere in the system; there is no question that patient safety is increasingly at risk in this province.
This past year, SUN members filed a total of 995 work situation reports and a staggering 827, or 83%, of those were related to staffing concerns.
Even more worrisome were the findings of the 2016 SUN member survey – of the close to 1,500 members from all corners of the province and health system who responded, over 85% said that they are aware of times patients have been put at risk due to short-staffing; and, 45% of those said that this occurs “frequently”. I’m sure you agree – these numbers are both sobering and extremely concerning.