(LifeSiteNews) — The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) recently confirmed the rumor that many nurses are indeed fleeing Ontario to find better working conditions south of the border.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, WeRPN CEO Dianne Martin confirmed that large swaths of nurses have been leaving Ontario to find more favorable work in the United States, but explained that at present “it’s impossible to know the exact numbers that are gone” because “nobody tracks nurses.”
“We know how many are working in the province. But for the ones that have left, there’s no reporting requirement that insists that they let us know where they’ve gone to seek work,” Martin explained.
A recent WeRPN that found that a whopping 68 percent of nurses say they do not “have enough time or resources to allow them to adequately care for patients.”
“The first thing that has to be resolved is the retention of the nurses they already have. We have nurses that come into the system that work very short periods of time and say ‘I’m just not going to do this,’” the CEO stated.
“We also know that — within the province — people who aren’t moving are moving away from the bedside in an act of self-preservation,” she added, indicating nurses are not only leaving for better jobs within the field but are actually leaving the field altogether.
Giving a personal account of why she chose to move to Houston, Texas from Toronto, nurse Linda Li told the Toronto Sun that she “hated it in Ontario that much that I left.”
According to Li, the moment she realized she needed to leave Ontario was when she started witnessing doctors being assigned to perform nursing tasks while still earning the much higher physician’s wage.
“I felt I was doing all this overtime while putting so much of my time into work and not actually enjoying life,” said Li, adding that leaving Ontario for Texas was “the best thing” she has ever done in her career.
As reported by LifeSiteNews, while nurse and physician shortages are becoming commonplace throughout Canada, putting massive strain on the nation’s already weakened healthcare system, Canadians from all walks of life have been fleeing the country at record numbers since the beginning of the COVID-19 so-called pandemic.
While the rate of emigration was up throughout 2021, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked his government’s travel ban for the vaccine-free, the rate of Canadians fleeing the nation shot up by an unprecedented 215 percent.
Speaking specifically about the mass exodus from Ontario, Scotiabank senior economist Marc cited “Pandemic restriction severity, housing affordability, and telework adoption … ” as causal factors.