BCNU says nursing vacancies in emergency department gradually being filled (SPH)

A nursing crisis in the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital caused by resignations and personnel turnover is gradually being resolved after the B.C. Nurses’ Union forced a formal review.

In September, Postmedia reported that nearly three dozen registered nurses had left the emergency department (ED) in the past year because of a nursing shortage leading to too much overtime and harsh working conditions. In the past two months, five vacancies have dwindled to three, according to Elaine Yong, spokeswoman for St. Paul’s.

There are about 20 nurses working in the unit during each 12-hour shift. An average of 250 patients are in the ED of the downtown Vancouver hospital each day.

Pamela Fayerman reports.

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