Inside ERs at a breaking point, staff provide care while juggling shortages and closures – CBC

The National visited two Ontario hospitals struggling with staffing shortages

Oct 02, 2022

It’s 6:30 a.m. and a section of the Emergency Department at Kingston General Hospital is closing for the day. The lights are out so patients can sleep, but one by one, they’re woken up and told they are being moved.

“Most likely, quite a few will end up in the hallway by the time we’re finished … It’s not very nice,” said Monica Griffin, a charge nurse at the Ontario hospital that’s a trauma centre for about 500,000 people in the area.

The reason? There is not enough staff to keep Section C — reserved for the least-sick patients — open for the day shift. They’re short two nurses, so patients need to be moved elsewhere in the department.

“It’s like this all the time — or worse,” said Griffin.

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