Charting the OT overload driving many nurses from the job – CBC

As Canada’s hospitals strain, data shows rise in overtime predates pandemic, but it has gotten worse since

Aug 10, 2022

After months without a break, Linda Boutillier, an emergency room nurse in Dartmouth, N.S., took a much-needed vacation earlier this summer.

But she received a call nearly every day to come back to help out. Soon after returning, she worked an 19-hour shift.

Boutillier had been on the schedule for 13 hours, but given the lack of staff, stayed on for another six.

“I feel guilty when I can’t do it — because I know my team and I know the burden the patients are suffering,” she said.

“I love my co-workers and I also care about my community. So when I can’t be here, it makes me feel like I’m letting the system down and I’m letting my colleagues down.”

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