There is nursing shortage in north Ontario.
"And we do have to find ways of enticing nurses to come to the North. And that's why particularly in some of the rural and more remote areas we need to put some of the things that nurses say they want in their work environment to draw them up there.", Ontario's chief nursing officer, Debra Bournes, said.
What do you think?
Well, it's true. I know I couldn't work up in the outposts and I believe that it's incredibly naive for a newcomer to Canada to think that they can fit into a community that they have no knowledge or understanding of and no experience in the country's mainstream healthcare system.
I'm just waiting to be told I'm a naysaying bigot.
I've worked with nurses who have spent years in the north and admire those women. Some worked up there in the '60s and the stories they tell.
I work in a hospital that serves the local First Nations communities and those from the north that are sent south for treatment. The differences between "mainstream" Canada and these people are huge. Honestly I admire those people who can live on the land like there forefathers but am horrified at how "modern" living is decimating their health. Let's not even get into the elders who speak no English and my Cree is non-existant and my Inuit language skills, huh?? There isn't always an escort who can act as translator for the patient, so it is very challenging to attempt to educate when basic communication links don't exist. Living conditions that can be best described as third world, limited access to running water, the list of challenges goes on and on. We do our best by our northern patients but we know that many have huge challenges to face when they return home.
Last edit by Fiona59 on Jul 1, '12
Jul 1, '12
Ditto for remote areas in Australia and our indigenous communities.
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