i work full time in a 17 bedded ICU,in Vancouver BC, luckily we are very well unionised here. Basically the hospitals are held to ransom here. We get the money we what and are not made to do overtime. Hell its not perfect, we are short staffed too.We work on a 1:1 ratio and are very rarely doubled, as long as we have the staff but our manager wouldnt have it any other way.
all i can suggest that is if you really want something changed people would soon notice if you all either threated to leave its not as if they could replace all of you straight away theres not enough of us out there to do it and see how things might change.
or if you wanted move up here the money isnt bad and Vancouver is a hell of a city to live!!!