BC Nursing Shortage Cost Health Authorities $70 Million In Overtime

A chronic shortage of specially trained nurses kept overtime costs for B.C.’s two largest health authorities at more than $70 million a year, with the two hardest-working nurses taking home an astounding $125,000 in overtime pay.

“The health care system is running on nursing overtime, it depends on nurses working the overtime,” said B.C. Nurses Union president Gayle Duteil. “Sixteen-hour shifts are the new norm.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    How come Canadian nursing schools are not grinding out the nurses?
    This sounds like a “we need more cheap Philipine nurses” ploy.

    • Canada puts caps on its medical professionals.

      What a smart policy that is!

      (sarcasm function disabled)

      • Minicapt

        … on the advice of the CMA and the Nurses’ Federations to Health Canada.


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I took my son to the hospital in a Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago.
      If you ever want to feel like a minority in a white country go there.
      All the result of diversity hiring targets.

      • P_F

        Over 70% of the staff in the Greater Vancouver region hospitals are from some third world cesspool with little knowledge of English or manners & courtesy.

    • Clausewitz

      Because in Ontario they are firing RN in order to replace then With RPN’s which they can hire for about half the price. Who do you want working on you an RN with a University degree or an RPN who’s one step above a bed pan jockey?

      • Minicapt

        Possibly the RPN, because there is scant evidence that the Batchelor of Nursing qualification improves on the previous RN qualification. It appears to be primarily a measure to increase one’s pay package.


        • Clausewitz

          RN’s have to do a stint similar to doctor’s doing their residency, RPN’s don’t. RPN’s can not give injection’s, they have to flag down an RN to do it. Even the hospitals know they are not at the same level, but hey firing the more expensive employee’s mean that the Hospital authorities don’t have to take a pay cut.

  • BillyHW

    There is no shortage of nurses. There is a surplus of old people.

  • ntt1

    I Was in hospital about two years ago, it was filthy and the extremely cranky and rude section nurse supervisor was blapping on about how she was doing a 12 hour shift then doing another 4 hours in emergency, she was not particularly impressive and her stupid hours only seemed to magnify her personality defects. god help the helpless emergency patients subjected to her overbearing and rude manners. All health care workers including doctors should not be allowed to deal with the public beyond a 10 or 12 hour shift at max. this is as false a shortage as the controlled marketing that keeps chicken and dairy prices sky high. its is time to ask why doctors require a second diploma in science when they only need a medical doctorate and nurses .. 80 percent of their job could be turned over to custodial astaff and it should be.