Cutting registered nurse (RN) positions is a short-sighted answer to balancing budgets. Investing in RNs is investing in the foundation of our publicly-funded, not-for-profit health system. RNs have direct influence on patients/clients by decreasing mortality and morbidity, improving quality of life, shortening lengths of stay in the hospital and in home care, and reducing adverse events and complications. However, some organizations in Ontario are changing staffing models that take us back to functional nursing to "save money", which they don't. Fewer RNs mean worse outcomes and higher expenses. In a time when the health system is shifting to provide care for only the sickest of the sick in hospitals, and patients in the community have higher health needs, it is simply wrong to replace RNs with less qualified health-care providers.
We must not allow this to happen. In the name of patient/client safety, we must be vocal - RN replacement has to stop.
Here is what we need you to do:
Sign the action alert below addressed to:
- Premier Kathleen Wynne;
- Honourable Minister Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care;
- Patrick Brown, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario;
- Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario;
- Christine Elliott, PC Critic – Health and Long-Term Care;
- France Gélinas, NDP Critic – Health and Long-Term Care
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