Of late, there has a been a common and recurring theme to my conversation with nurses. Quite a few are seriously considering leaving the profession, and others are feeling burnt out, frustrated and undervalued. It’s understandable given the heartbreak and pressure nurses have faced. COVID-19 was a reality-check for Ontario’s health system, particularly its long-term care (LTC) sector.
For years, Ontario’s Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) have advocated for changes to long-standing issues plaguing the province’s long-term care (LTC) sector. Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s report highlights how pervasive recruitment and retention issues, inconsistent application of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices, and a lack of clear public health guidance to the sector exacerbated the already dire situation in the province’s long-term care homes.
This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In a display of solidarity, 20 health organizations across the province are asking the public to remember those who have died from the virus by honouring their memory and reflecting on the hope that lies ahead.
Ontario Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) support immediate government action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We are calling on Ontarians to do their part. With the number of COVID-19 cases growing by the day and the holidays fast approaching, nurses are pleading with Ontarians to stay at home and adhere to public health guidelines to keep everyone’s families, friends and communities safe.
Given the alarming projected rise in hospitalizations outlined in today's modelling, and as the holiday season approaches, the association representing Ontario's hospitals and the professional associations representing the province's nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists are re-issuing our joint statement from earlier this week calling for immediate action.