Stress, staffing shortages brought on by COVID-19 causing nurses to leave the front lines – CTV

September 12, 2021

TORONTO — Many nurses report having left the front lines after the stress of COVID-19 made their jobs more difficult and less safe, creating a shortage of health-care workers in certain regions and even forcing rural areas to temporarily close hospital units.

RN’s across Canada have taken to social media to sound the alarm over poor working conditions and aggressive, sometimes violent, patients brought on by the pandemic.

Johanna, who has asked not to be identified, is an ICU nurse who tended to coronavirus patients in critical care. She told CTV News she recently quit that position due to burnout, saying she was unable to withstand the long shifts in an understaffed critical care unit any longer.

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