Ontario hospitals are facing the grim reality of a nursing shortage.
Conditions of being overworked and experiencing burnout predate COVID-19, but the pandemic has only exacerbated these issues. Furthermore Bill 124, introduced in 2019, disincentivizes nurses by limiting wage increases. Many nurses have said repealing the bill would go a long way in retaining nurses. Others say removing barriers for internationally educated nurses would help fill in gaps.
The Star spoke to eight nurses — some still working in the field and others who have left — to hear what they had to say about the state of their profession…