Nurses' association asks province to limit number of facilities staff can work in
Medical staff work at a computer terminal as they prepare for the opening of the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena in Ottawa, during a media tour on Friday, March 13, 2020. The assessment centre, operated by The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO, is an out-of-hospital clinic where people can be assessed and tested for COVID-19 if required. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
TORONTO -- The head of Ontario's registered nurses' association says she is pleading with the province to restrict the number of long-term care homes health-care staff can work in during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doris Grinspun, the CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, says the changes must be made to stop the spread of the disease in the province's nursing and retirement homes.
Grinspun says staff often work in multiple homes because they're unable to get full-time work, a practice that continues even during the pandemic.
She says the province must ensure staff work in one home only, and those who cannot be given full-time hours must receive wage enhancement in order to keep them from working in other places.
Grinspun says she has raised the issue with the provincial government for weeks, but thus far the request has not been acted upon.
The association also says the province must make surgical masks widely available to those same staff and conduct random testing for COVID-19 among residents to aggressively increase monitoring.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 8, 2020.