The BC Nurses Union says they’re prepared to go to next month’s arbitration hearings with evidence supporting what they’ve said all along: The new care delivery model on Vancouver Island needs to go.
The model came into effect last year at hospitals in Nanaimo and Victoria.
Union Representative Adrianne Gear says the model has prevented nurses from being able to do their job.
“It’s the inability to provide medications on time, and in a timely manner. It’s the inability to complete patient assessments, to reassess and monitor adequately. And also documentation – legal documentation, there’s incomplete charting and care plans.”
Gear says thousands of hours have been eliminated between Nanaimo and Victoria hospitals. Some examples of what they’ve been limited in doing properly include fully completing paperwork and providing medications on time.
“It does put our own professional licenses at risk if we can’t meet those standards.”
They’ve recently presented 2-thousand petitions to a Vancouver Island Health board highlighting their concerns.
“Twenty seven thousand citizens have asked Island Health to agree to an independent expert review of the care model. We believe the care model jeopardizes patient care, potentially, and it leads to negative outcomes…and we’re very concerned.”
Gear says every component of their job is important to ensure they’re taking care of patients the right way. They want Island Health to have the new care model independently reviewed.