Two-thirds of the emergency nurses at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops have walked off the job recently, claiming they were exhausted and understaffed. The BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) says a large majority of them are choosing to reduce work hours or leave the profession altogether. “They are breaking down,” said Scott Duvall, regional council member for the Thompson North Okanagan region at BCNU.
“My fear is the same as their fear, the fear that something bad is going to happen … on their watch.” Duvall adds that the quality of healthcare being offered to patients is dwindling because nurses are being spread thin. In the intensive care unit, Duvall says nurses are being assigned way more patients than they should be.