Forcing nurses to work full time

Canada
November 6, 2020 9:37am CST
The CISSS (Centre intégré de services sociaux et de santé) or in English the Integrated Health and social center in the Outaouais region (Canada) where I reside, is strongly considering forcing all registered nurses and nurses aid and patient attendant to work full time whether they want to or not. If they refuse, they can be fined. I really do not agree as it is not fair at all and all these health care workers have families and lives to live. I understand that COVID 19 is creating an unprecedented need for health care workers but to force them to work full time and even work overtime at all costs is simply ridiculous and will lead to a pandemic of its own amongst the health care workers. But one thing I will say is that I am so happy I am no longer a registered nurse myself but I pity all the health care workers throughout the world at this time.
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6 responses
@xFiacre (8932)
• Ireland
6 Nov
@frankie2013 That is surely unreasonable - I don’t imagine unions would let that pass without a fight.
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• Canada
6 Nov
The nurses union in Quebec is not that strong so I think it will surely try to make a stand but it will eventually lose. Quebec is not a great province as some others when it comes to the Health care system. It is underfunded, understaffed etc. etc. But I surely hope that the union along with with its members is going to fight this head on...
@paigea (32009)
• Canada
6 Nov
Some health care workers walked off the job a couple weeks ago here in Alberta. Not Registered Nurses, the RPNs and others. They were protesting our gov't cutting jobs during this time. They were ordered back to work. They belong to a big union. Our current gov't. is eroding workers rights and our health care system as aggressively as they can.
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• Canada
6 Nov
@paigea You got to be kidding me. The population is bound to lose some great workers for life after this COVID 19 pandemic. Then maybe the governments are going to realize what they did...
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@DianneN (213583)
• United States
6 Nov
Being forced to work full time, anywhere, is rotten, especially when part time jobs were available. I feel the same as you about teaching. I am so glad I am retired now, or else I would have had to quit.
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• Canada
7 Nov
Actually, I was not a teacher but I was a registered nurse. Still a big thanks for your response... Hope everything is going well in your corner of the world especially more so after Trump is escorted out....
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@DianneN (213583)
• United States
7 Nov
@frankie2013 I knew you were a nurse from your discussion. I'm getting happier by the day as the votes come in!
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• Canada
7 Nov
@DianneN yes it seems Biden is in... or not? Not sure I understand how the US elections work exactly...
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• India
6 Nov
Someone has to face it
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• Canada
6 Nov
The nurses and doctors are facing this situation with COVID head on but the government and the population in general is pushing them to the limits. I do not think that the health care system of the world was and is prepared to face such an onslaught...
• India
6 Nov
@frankie2013 Yes. It was not .
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@paigea (32009)
• Canada
6 Nov
If the rest of us would stop spreading this virus, the health care workers wouldn't be put in this situation. We are doing terrible in Alberta.
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• Canada
6 Nov
Good morning paigea. Hope you are doing well. Yes I have heard about the terrible plight that Alberta is facing right now with COVID. We are also in the red zone where I reside and that is because of mostly young people who do not do what they need to do to stop the spread of the virus. Hope the situation will get better soon in your corner of the world.
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@paigea (32009)
• Canada
6 Nov
@frankie2013 I hope so.
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@prinzcy (14131)
• Malaysia
7 Nov
It's true that the health workers need to work harder, but forcing them is not going to make them happy. We have to take care of the frontliners, not making them distress.
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• Canada
7 Nov
I totally agree with your statement. Forcing Frontline workers to work longer hours will eventually drive them away and or make them sick... thanks for responding to my little discussion.
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@bunnybon7 (46803)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Nov
yes they are already heroes and should not be forced
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• Canada
6 Nov
Thank you very much for your support bonnie. I am sure all the nurses out there will appreciate it.
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