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122 Nurses Replaced by Care Aides in Victoria
October 8, 2013The BC Nurses union is alarmed by Island Healths latest plan to save money on the backs
of patients and their care. The CDMR or Care Delivery Model Redesign is being implemented
at Royal Jubilee Hospital and Victoria General Hospital in January.
The move will see more than 122 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses positions at the two hospitals replaced by care aides. Island Health claims nurses will not lose their jobs, but their positions within each ward will be gone the jobs they were doing will no longer exist.
Its disappearing care, says BCNU President Debra McPherson, Island Health is trading highly skilled and trained nurses for cheaper labour. You cant take 122 nurses out of the picture and expect to maintain safe patient care.
Replacing professional nurses with unlicensed care aides will put patient safety at risk, said
Margo Wilton, BCNUs South Island Region Co-Chair.
The new care model was first launched at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in September when 26 RN and LPN positions were replaced by care aides.
The net effect has been an increase in the number of patients each professional nurse oversees
and it diminishes the time available for assessment, monitoring and administering medications. Nurses provide timely observations and rapid intervention, which is key to preventing negative outcomes in care.
If nurses have less time to observe and assess patients, its likely that potentially life-threatening conditions wont be noticed, said BCNUs South Island Region Co-Chair Adriane Gear.
"We welcome care aides to existing care teams but not at the expense of licensed nurses who are trained to assess the signs and symptoms of illness and infection, says McPherson.
Media Availability for Debra McPherson, President, BC Nurses Union in Nanaimo
11:30 am 12:00 pm (today)
Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street (Outside Main Ballroom, lobby entrance)
Nurses launch petition to stop Island Health from cutting more nurses at the bedside:
Nurses protest changes to patient care:
Nurses demand independent review of new care model:
Nurses demand evidence of new care model:
Potential impacts of new care model on patient care:
Frequent, sometimes lengthy, delays in administering medications, including insulins, increasing the risk of missed medications and complications;
Failure to complete daily head-to-toe patient assessments (including post-surgical) and increasing the likelihood of missing signs of deterioration;
Inability to respond promptly to patient call bells and bed alarms (used for disoriented patients) due to scarcity of available nursing staff;
Inadequate charting of patient conditions due to lack of time for individual monitoring and assessment, increasing the risk of failure to rescue.
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