PETERS – The staffing situation at RIH is grim, but the goose is far from cooked
THE STORY OF THE MOTHER GOOSE laying her eggs outside the Royal Inland Hospital maternity ward must have been a welcome respite from all the doom and gloom for staff at the hospital.
It was a heart-warming distraction for a group of nurses and other healthcare professionals who could use the relief.
Really, though, what they could use is actual relief.
Last weekend, the hospital had half the nurses on shift that it should be operating with. Some reports suggest the actual proportion was even lower.
That means every nurse was literally doing the work of two people.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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