Nursing in Ontario is in a state of crisis. In May 2022, WeRPN commissioned a study to examine the issues currently facing nursing professionals in the province. The findings prove what many of us already fear: that for most nurses in Ontario,
Distress and burnout have plagued healthcare professionals (HCP) in recent years. A review of literature revealed consistent reports of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in HCPs as a result of COVID-19¹ Support for HCPs has included psychologi
It was a normal February evening for Michael*— until it wasn’t. After developing chest pain, shortness of breath and heavy sweating, he was taken in an ambulance to the ER. He was having a heart attack. His wife was told she couldn’t come wit
Steven Cedrone could be any patient. He suffered a spinal cord injury in April and was taken to the emergency room of an Ontario hospital with severe back pain. Although he first arrived at the ER with normal feeling and function in his legs, bladd
This summer, the pressures placed on nurses in Ontario reached a boiling point with ER closures in communities across the province. Our Minister of Health was shockingly out of touch, saying the closing of ERs was “not unprecedented,” especially
This will be my final President’s address, and it’s been the hardest one to write. I will step down in October and another President will take my place. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve one more year as past president before leaving
In Canada, nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and registered practical nurses) represent the largest single group of health care providers. They are trusted practitioners, knowledgeable leaders, and agents of c
We Are Reimagining Nursing As an instructor in the Practical Nursing Program at St. Lawrence College, I always ask my students why they decided to pursue nursing as a career. The most common response is that they want to use their talents, skil
The Risk of Normalizing Deviance “Workload” has become a buzzword – and it’s no longer an adequate word to describe what we’re experiencing in nursing. In every profession – and not just in health – people are experiencing worker shorta
This RPN shares how the pandemic gave her a new perspective on grief.
Familiar sights and sounds are slowly coming back at our rural long-term care facility.