June 09, 2010 16:26 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) offers absolute support to the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) as Quebec health care professionals take steps to improve their contract and working conditions. Nursing leaders from every province in Canada as well as their national president, Linda Silas, are offering FIQ their collective and personal best wishes and support.
"The nursing shortage has been serious across Canada for many years now, and Quebec is no exception," said CFNU president, Linda Silas. "Policy makers and employers must recognize that wages and working conditions are tied directly to the nursing shortage as jurisdictions compete for health professionals, working nurses contemplate retirement and young people consider their career options." Studies have shown that patient outcomes are affected negatively by nursing shortages.
With 15,000 Quebec nurses eligible for retirement in the next two years and nursing schools only expecting to replenish a tenth of that number each year, "somebody has got to do the math," Silas warns. A reliance on overtime to fill vacant positions is leading to injury and burnout. To this, the government's response is to cut the number of sick days. "When we see this kind of negotiating position, we wonder what it will take for government negotiators to get back in touch," Silas declared. "It is critical that the government and health employers send a clear message that they recognize the value of health professionals in this round of bargaining," she added.
Speaking directly to the nurses of Quebec, Silas promised, "We will be at your side every step of the way. Your fight is the fight for every health professional across Canada."
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, on behalf of 158,000 members, advocates for retention and recruitment strategies and best practices in the workplace.
CFNU is the national voice for nurses.
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CFNU communications department
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