Friday, June 13, 2014

What are they doing to LTC?

In September, 18 licensed practical nurses, or 10.55 full-time equivalents, will be replaced by continuing care assistants in units devoted to caring for those waiting for beds in nursing homes. The units affected include 4-East at the Northside General, 3B at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and 4 North at the Glace Bay Hospital. According to Marie McPhee, director of seniors and restorative care for the Cape Breton District Health Authority, it will result in more appropriate health care for the people being served.

It's hard to believe that an assistant can, or should, do the work of a nurse.

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