- 93% of nurses surveyed say they believe patients are being put at risk due to working short;
- And in the past six months, 69% of respondents say they have witnessed or been involved in a “near miss” or adverse event at work.
- 92% say in the past five years, their workload has increased;
- And 80% say their employer’s decision to change the way they interpret overtime language in their collective agreement has actually increased their workload further;
- 85% of respondents say their unit works short at least once per week;
- And 77% say their employer’s decision to change the way they interpret overtime language in their collective agreement has actually increased the amount of time their unit has worked short.
- Only 12% of respondents say they feel safe at work;
- 84% of respondents say they have experienced physical or verbal threats or acts of abuse/violence by patients/residents/family members while at work over the past five years;
- And 35% have sustained injuries at work over that same period of time.
- Nurses being bitten, kicked and hit by patients and patients’ family members;
- An increased number of patient falls, due to nursing staff being unavailable to provide one-on-one care and management’s refusal to call in patient attendants;
- Increased number of bedsores, as nurses do not have time to provide full personal care or post-operative baths, or to turn patients as frequently as they should;
- Missed or late medications and medication errors, as well as missed orders and bloodwork;
- Inability to properly manage patients’ pain and nausea due to time constraints;
- And patients being placed in TV rooms and communal family waiting areas.
Source : Media Release