Some provinces and territories are facing their own shortages, according to the president of the Canadian Nurses Association. Ontario will face difficulty to recruit more nurses from other parts of the world to cope up with the current situation of the pandemic.
Ontario may find it difficult to recruit nurses from other parts of the world to help it cope with the pandemic, according to the head of a professional organization that represents nurses around the country.
New Brunswick, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, for example, have all struggled with vacancies, according to Tim Guest, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.
Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are the only provinces that have seen a rise in nurses compared to their adult populations since 2016. “Everyone else has fallen,” he added.
Intensive care unit nurses, on the other hand, are in short supply on Prince Edward Island.
“For a long time, we’ve been seeing an increase in nurse vacancies. This isn’t a brand-new phenomenon that we’re just now seeing as part of the pandemic “On Sunday, he said.”
Ontario, which is still dealing with a flood in COVID-19 cases, wrote a letter to other provincial and territorial governments on Friday pleading with them to send their nurses to the province.
Nurses have options; they are a mobile workforce; some have expressed a desire to leave following the pandemic due to working conditions; baby boomer nurses have started to retire, and the United States prefers to hire Canadian nurses, he added.