New model of care creating a lot of stress

Posted May 21, 2010

The new model of care being implemented by the Ghiz government is creating a lot of stress among health care workers on Prince Edward Island. 

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE) supports the idea that health care workers should be utilized to provide the full range of services that they are trained and qualified to deliver.  For many years Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have been underutilized.  A strong health care system depends on everyone working to their full potential.  Therefore, we believe it is good that the new model of care recognizes an increased scope of practice for LPNs in relation to their education and training. 

However, we also believe that government should refrain from eliminating any and all nursing positions as the model of care is implemented. This system is supposed to be about properly utilizing resources, not cutting them back! Unfortunately, we already see the Ghiz government using the introduction of the model of care as an opportunity to eliminate vacant RN and LPN positions.  This is not acceptable, and it does not bode well for Islanders who are already facing severe challenges in having their health care needs met.