Acute Care Worker
I have worked in Acute Care and your 12 hour shift consists of running for the entire 12 hours. You are unable to take your breaks, and if you do take a supper break, then that means you are going to have to stay after your shift is over to finish up and are not paid for overtime. When you finally get home you are always worried: “Did I get everything done?” I don’t think this is a good way to live.
My sister was just in the hospital for seven months in Sydney at the CBRH. What she witnessed in that seven months was unbelievable. They were constantly short staffed and she would sometimes have to wait hours to have a dressing or procedure done. Her skin had broken down and this caused many problems for her. She always felt that she had wonderful, caring nurses but would hate to ask or bother them, as she witnessed how they were run off their feet and constantly frustrated with their situation.
I feel this issue has to be dealt with before it gets worse. Nursing are leaving their profession and moving on because of work burnout. The frustration of not being able to do your job properly.