Better use of registered practical nurses eases budget and nursing problems, OCHU/CUPE tells hospitals...
Canada NewsWire ... 8/14/2002
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Ontario hospitals can ease their budget and
nursing problems by making full use of registered practical nurses (RPNs), said the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) and CUPE at the Oshawa premiere of "Nurses."
OCHU RPN Committee members are touring the province in August and September with the 11-minute video.
It tells the story of Arnprior Hospital's success in lowering costs by increasing the number of RPNs and expanding their
duties. The hospital now ranks third in the province for patient satisfaction, and has a balanced budget.
"RPNs are licensed by the Ontario College of Nurses, but most are not allowed to use the full scope of practice for which they were trained," said Helen Fetterly, RPN and Secretary-Treasurer of OCHU. "Meanwhile, hospitals are raising the alarm about a perceived nursing crisis and budget deficits."
"It is irresponsible for other hospital administrations to ignore the
full potential of RPNs to provide affordable, quality health care," said Oshawa RPN Lori Davis, "and the evidence from Arnprior makes that crystal clear. It backs up the findings of a University of Toronto study showing better patient outcomes with higher numbers of RPNs and RNs."
"In Oshawa, the hospital has been slowly increasing the scope of practice for RPNs, but there are still improvements to be made," said Joanne Wilson, President of CUPE 1999 at the Lakeridge Health Corporation in Oshawa.
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CONTACT: Helen Fetterly, OCHU Secretary-Treasurer, 416-599-0770 (OCHU office), or 613-551-0688 (cell); Lori Davis, RPN, Lakeridge Health Corporation, 905-852-4913; Joanne Wilson, President, CUPE Local 1999 (Lakeridge Health Corporation), 905-439-7404 (cell); Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications, 416-738-4329 (cell)