Workload Staffing Initiative

Workload Staffing Initiative

Heavy workloads compromise our ability to deliver safe, quality patient care. That's why workload is one of our highest priorities in the upcoming round of bargaining - and why it's so important that we're able to provide evidence at the negotiating table.

Reporting every incident: Over 60 per cent of our members cite workload and its consequences - long hours, burnout, stress and more - as the most important issue we face. And to help make our case, we've launched a campaign to ensure we report every incident where unreasonable workloads are hurting patient care. And we're asking every local leader to send in their local's or worksite's forms as soon as possible.

Faster, more appropriate employer responses: Our staff are working hard, inputting and analyzing every Workload Staffing Report we receive. And a key part of our bargaining strategy is to develop contract language that requires employers to respond quickly and appropriately when you file a report.

A better reporting process: We also know a lot of incidents still go unreported. After a long, difficult shift, filling out a form can be the last thing an exhausted nurse wants to do - especially a form that can be unclear or cumbersome. Streamlining those forms and improving the way we document workload issues is a crucial part of the Workload Staffing Committee's work.

The real solution is addressing workload: Better reporting is important, but it's a means to an end. Our goal in bargaining is to improve our contract to address workload, nurse fatigue and patient safety.

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