This appears to be a key factor and one every community must solve...now, not tomorrow or next year. Compassion and humanitarianism must drive the housing projects.
"By 2 a.m., the waiting room is full of homeless patients with nowhere else to go, attempting to escape the cold with minor complaints, and people with substance abuse issues sleeping off near overdoses."
Global News chronicled one 12 hour shift for your perusal.
Sharing this with nurses is superfluous. They are living this, daily, all across the country.
"I finally get my break at 3 a.m. We’re supposed to get two breaks in our 12-hour shift (one 45-minute paid and one 45-minute unpaid) but we tend to take them at once to make it easy on everyone.
I take a container of leftovers into the breakroom. The room is disgusting — it’s full of cockroaches and mice and never gets above 17 C, so we all wear jackets inside."
"I can’t wait to get home to sleep. But the fact that I have to come back and do this all again in 12 hours gnaws at me. Our roster is two days shifts, two night shifts, and then five days off. It sounds like a lot of rest time, but most of that is spent just recuperating from the trauma of the week."
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