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More and more nurses have to work overtime in PEI.

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This is the highest percentage of any province in the country.

Nationally, one in four nurses worked beyond their normal hours during this period.

When you’re working overtime, you know that when you get to work, there’s a good chance there’s still one or two other people missing from an area. So that means your workload is higher. »

A quote from Barbara Brookins, President of the Island Nurses Union
Barbara Brookins interviewed outside.

For Barbara Brookins, president of the Prince Edward Island Nurses Union, working outside of normal shifts has become the norm for some nurses (file).

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Nicola MacLeod

In terms of the number of overtime hours worked, British Columbia and Quebec occupy the first ranks: the cap of 2.9 hours per week has in fact been exceeded there.

On average, nurses on the island worked 2.5 overtime hours per week.

This figure is higher than the national average, which is 2.3 hours.

Underrepresentation

According to Barbara Brookins, president of the Union of Nurses of the Island, overtime is more numerous in certain sectors of the health network.

Emergency rooms, intensive care and childbirth follow-up are the sectors where nurses can work up to 12 hours overtime per week, according to her.

Linda Silas at a press conference outside on July 20, 2018.

Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, fears that the number of overtime hours worked will be higher (archives).

Photo: Radio Canada

The president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Linda Silas, also fears that this number of overtime hours worked is higher.

What we hear from all the provinces and all the territories is that overtime is reaching unprecedented heights. I think it’s much higher than that. »

A quote from Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

According to her, working hours are counted differently across the country, resulting in a potential under-representation of this data in some provinces.

Linda Silas recalls that several emergency services had to be temporarily closed in the country due to the lack of personnel.

This is a very clear message: nursing resources are in crisisshe adds.

These hours are now part of everyday life

According to Barbara Brookins, working outside regular shifts has become the norm for some nurses.

It’s sometimes a question of personal guilt, because we think that if we don’t come back to work, there will be no one to help colleagues.she explains.

The situation worsened during the summer because of absences from work caused by COVID-19, explains Ms. Brookins.

The departures on vacation of professionals during this period and the lack of nursing staff are also the cause, according to the president of the Union of nurses on the island.

If you refuse to work overtime, you mostly leave your patients alone! It creates moral and ethical pressureadds Ms. Silas.

A male nurse sitting on a window sill massages his eyes.  A nurse standing from behind looks at him.

Emergency rooms, intensive care and childbirth follow-up are the sectors where nurses can work up to 12 hours overtime per week, according to Barbara Brookins, president of the Island Nurses Union.

Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

According to the island’s union, over the past year, the percentage of nursing positions to be filled has increased from 18% to 25%.

Linda Silas recalls the consequences of work overload on the mental health of professionals.

This is one of the reasons why we see more cases of burnout, depression and acute anxiety. This pressure is too high for them! says the president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

In an email, Prince Edward Island Health said it was looking for ways to stabilize the situation in its network.

Incentives and means to better structure work activities are currently being evaluated, according to the health authority.

With information from CBC

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