Sask. nurse says she’s burnt out only 8 months into the job – CBC

Aug 16, 2022

Jacelyn Wingerter got into the nursing profession to help people, not knowing she’d feel “defeated” after less than a year on the job.

Wingerter, 22, became a registered nurse in January and began working in the emergency room at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital.

The past eight months have been mired in burnout, exhaustion, overcapacity and a nursing shortage — problems that are also plaguing nurses and other health-care workers in other parts of Canada.

“You don’t get a break. You have to run for 12 hours straight doing one thing after another,” said Wingerter, who first spoke about her experience in a Maclean’s article.

Wingerter says 40 to 50 patients are typically waiting for care each day in a waiting room that has space for about 20 people. There aren’t enough nurses or beds for such a high patient load, Wingerter says.

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