THREE-RIVERS — The lack of staff is always a nagging problem at the Centre hospitalier universitaire régional de Trois-Rivières. Once again, the nurses of the emergency refused to take their shift, because three of their colleagues were absent. A lack of human resources planning would be at the origin of this new sit-in denounces the nurses union.
When the evening shift ended Friday at midnight, the night shift was not complete. Three nurses were absent, including two for a vacation. Judging that it was too risky for patients to take over with three nurses, their colleagues have decided to refuse to work until their team was not complete. At this time, the nurses of the evening shift had to stay at work until 6 o’clock Saturday.
Several sit-ins have taken place in recent months at the Trois-Rivières hospital. This occurs when the emergency was over-provisioned host. The situation, however, was any other Friday night, believes the president of the Union of professionals in the care of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec.
“It was planned absences in advance,” explains Nathalie Perron, the president of the union.
“This is not two girls who have fallen sick and that the emergency is in overcapacity. In these circumstances, it is known that labour can be missed. But then, there has been a problem at the management level. […] All this is deplorable, because the absences were known.”
The president of the Union of professionals in the care of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, Nathalie Perron.
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Nathalie Perron reminds us that this new sit-in took place in a context of depletion, widespread staff. She said that the nurses are frequently required to work mandatory overtime.
The union president claims that he had the assurance of the management frameworks, focusing on the lack of staff during the day of Saturday in order that the succession of night to engage in his quarter as expected.
Sit-ins occurred a few times at the centre hospitalier de Trois-Rivières in recent months. As a result of such event last January, the direction of the integrated Center for academic health and social services (CIUSSS MCQ) had even announced that it will offer full-time positions to all nurses and nursing part-time currently working in sectors that provide services 24h/24 seven days per week. The objective of this measure was to address the lack of staff.
Nathalie Perron is estimated that this measure will be beneficial when fully implemented. “There are areas where people do not work hard enough and others where they work too.”
In addition, the president of the union that hires and posters of the positions were rather rare in the last two years. “It has made us very bad,” she notes.