LETTER – RIH staff worry about reprimands if they speak up

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Hello Mr. Rothenburger, from the lower staff at RIH I wish to thank you for taking up issue with Interior health and its lack of parking.

Management is still trying to deflect the need for more staff parking. I have worked within healthcare for 11 years now, three of which have been at RIH. It is impossible for me to get a parking pass for any of our staff lots, and I frequently work night shifts.

The closest “free” parking is 7th and Columbia, and the residents down there get upset to have all of us taking up what really is their parking (I understand the frustration, especially when you have upwards of 50 hospital staff all parking down there on a good day).

Management have sent out emails with bus schedules and asking us to car pool (during a pandemic no less). They’ve implemented a “safe walk” procedure where a security guard will escort you to your car but only if our cars are parked at the Peterson creek lot.

I personally have a very close friend who has a medical note stating she has PTSD from being assaulted on the way to her car when it was parked on the street and asking Interior Health to give her a concession.

Instead, our directors have given her a formal reprimand to put in her file, and blackballed her from getting any form of promotion, whether it be eligibility for courses, working as an educator, working as a patient care coordinator (a step towards being in management) or even getting “in charge” shifts.

This is a nurse with over 10 years of experience. She has worked as management in care homes, she worked for forensic psych for a while but she’s stuck at a bottom rung because our directors (really just one) don’t like the fact that they were stood up to.

We now have many nurses being contacted by HR regarding them being vocal about the parking issue on social media. At this point this is just an extra kick in the teeth and the reason why come February I’m ditching my 11- year career to go work in trades.

At least they don’t have to worry about being assaulted by patients, and rather than having an equivalent to nurses’ week where they hand out cookies (that are generally all eaten by management) at best, they generally just get treated better.

Sorry for the rant but, hey, it’s been a BS year and the fact that they are ticketing people at 6:30 in the morning in a 90 per cent empty parkade just gets me a little fired up. Especially when back before all this they weren’t cracking down on the lawyers and the like that would park in the parkade and walk downtown to their job.


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2 Comments on LETTER – RIH staff worry about reprimands if they speak up

  1. Ian MacKenzie // December 3, 2020 at 11:46 AM // Reply

    Good Lord! What on earth is wrong with the management of IH? Possibly they should all be replaced. Imagine at a time when we need all the nurses we can get, an 11 year nurse is so badly treated by management that a career in trades is preferable to nursing.

  2. Don Drysdale // December 3, 2020 at 10:36 AM // Reply

    So you build a new patient care tower and put in an additional 100 parking stalls. Will that even cover the staff let alone anyone else. I seriously doubt it. Once again it is simply kicked down the road. Incompetence or just don’t care, either way this mess is only going to get worse.

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