Yukon nurses happy with working conditions
CBC’s Fifth Estate investigation found 40 per cent of southern nurses reported burnout, stress
The Yukon Registered Nurses Association says working conditions for nurses in the territory are favorable compared to those in southern Canada.
The CBC's Fifth Estate surveyed nurses across the country and found that 40 per cent of hospital nurses report burn-out and stress from overwork.
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There are some 400 registered nurses in Yukon and a handful of licensed nurse practitioners. Sean Secord, the president of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, says that while nurses in southern hospitals face chronic staff shortages, Yukon nurses enjoy satisfying work conditions in comparison.
"Well Yukon health care, much like many other aspects of the Yukon, we feel spoiled. We live in a very nice environment, we're quite happy with where we work and the care that is provided in the Yukon," said Secord.
Yukon nurses didn't participate in the Fifth Estate survey, which found that 25 per cent of nurses wouldn't recommend their hospital to loved ones.
Secord warns the situation could change as more nurses reach retirement age. He says Yukon should prepare for a shortage in the years to come.
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