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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

According to study, Ontario nurses claim they cannot give patients proper care

According to a research, Ontario nurses claim they are unable to deliver proper patient care

Key Takeaways:

  • According to recent data, more than seven of ten Ontario nurses are unable to provide adequate patient care, and over half of them say they are considering permanently leaving the profession.
  • Dianne Martin, CEO of WeRPN, anticipated that the results will surprise many. Alarmingly, this has started to happen frequently.

According to recent research, over seven out of ten nurses in Ontario cannot deliver sufficient patient care, and nearly half say they are thinking about permanently leaving the field.

A recent poll raises the alarm by the WeRPN (Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario), which found that “staffing shortages and the standardization of dangerous workloads” seriously compromise patient care.

According to the survey, 68% of nurses claim they don’t have enough time or resources to provide patients with the care they need.

Sixty-six percent of respondents claimed they had to accept more patients with higher nurse-to-patient ratios.

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More than 760 RPNs from around the province participated in the survey, which was held in May 2022 and was titled “The State of Nursing in Ontario: A 2022 Review.” The objective of the follow-up study, which began in December 2020, was to gauge the state of the provincial health care system from the nurses’ viewpoints.

In addition, 86% of the nurses polled indicated they had been asked to work extra hours or additional shifts to make up for staffing shortages.

The survey also discovered increased moral discomfort at work, and that mental health has been affected.

79% of nurses reported having moral anguish at work because they believe their tasks and what is morally right to accomplish vary. This is an increase from the 68% found in the 2020 study.

Four out of five nurses claimed they had “reached their breaking point” at work. According to the study, 94% of nurses report “increasing stressors from their regular work.”

Nurses indicated a high mental health toll, which was unchanged from the 2020 poll. 86 percent of nurses reported that their work negatively affects their mental health, and 67 percent indicated they do not believe they have enough mental support.

According to a research, Ontario nurses claim they are unable to deliver proper patient care
According to a research, Ontario nurses claim they are unable to deliver proper patient care. Image from CNBC

According to the survey, only 36% of respondents stated they had “never felt prouder to be a nurse,” a sharp decline in pride in the profession. The percentage in the 2020 study was 67%.

Additionally, 47% of nurses, or nearly one in two, are now thinking about leaving their jobs. From 34% indicated in the 2020 survey, this has increased sharply.

“Wage discontent is the main cause of this. According to the report, the vast majority of nurses (91%) think they are not appropriately compensated for their position as an RPN.

Additionally, one in three RPNs who work in long-term care claimed they would quit their jobs.

WeRPN CEO Dianne Martin predicted that the findings would shock the public. Alarmingly, this is starting to become the norm.

Source: Global News

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