Nurses at Nanaimo’s hospital are again sounding the alarm about staffing levels.
BC Nurses Union President Gayle Duteil says since a new care model was introduced two years ago, the nurse-to-patient ratio at the hospital has gone up one to eight.
She says ideally, a nurse should only be responsible for about four patients, or care can suffer.
She says nurses have now taken their case to an arbitrator.
“This is a unique case in Canada, because it challenges the health authorities right to assign excessive numbers of patients to nurses.”
She says over two dozens nurses have been replaced by care aids at the hospital.