Five things that could help Ontario recruit and retain healthcare workers
2022-08-05 from ottawacitizen.com
It has been a rough week for hospitals, with reports of at least 14 emergency rooms and ICUs closed across the province over the long weekend and others at or near capacity as an overloaded health-care system struggles to keep up with demand.
At the Queensway Carleton Hospital, the vacancy rate for registered nurses, registered practical nurses and personal care assistants is 17.5 per cent.
“In raw numbers, we had an average of 156 vacancies over the last quarter. Specialized areas like OR and surgery continue to be the most difficult to recruit for. Staffing is certainly the biggest challenge we face,” said spokesperson Ann Fuller.
The Ottawa Hospital is experiencing pressure on emergency room staffing due to COVID-related absences, vacations, staff fatigue and burnout, said spokesperson Rebecca Abelson. Periodic COVID outbreaks have also had an impact.
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