(NO) Time to Care Panel Discussion
The panel consisted of Josie Watson (University of Windsor Clinical Instructor), Shelley Smith (PSW), Katha Fortier (CAW National Director of Health Care) and Jennifer Johnston (RNAO Windsor Essex Chapter President, RN).
Allison Johnson (CBC Journalist) acted as moderator and did a phenomenal job encouraging questions and discussion.
Some of the issues discussed included:
-the devaluing of care in our current health care system
-how care is being downloaded to family members as a way to save healthcare dollars
-the "free" work that nurses perform when they don't have time to take their breaks and lunches
-budgetary concerns re: health care
-government politics that affect health care
-care work as emotional labour
-caring as the factor that differentiates treatment from healing
-the hidden nature of care (as it often occurs in private areas to ensure confidentiality for those most vulnerable)
-state of the unions in the health care system
-the duty to care (nurses are not able to strike as they have accountabilities to their patients/clients and the CNO)
-it is challenging to measure or quantify care (as compared to task-oriented or technology-based care)
-how the acuity of patients have gone up but staffing levels have been decreased to the bare minimum
-little time for quality care and this causes moral distress to health care workers
-the ethical dilemmas that nurses face in regards to providing care vs. getting their tasks completed (e.g. paperwork)
-ALC crisis in Windsor and how this can be dealt with
-barriers to providing quality care and ways to remove these barriers
-plus there was much more...
About 40 people attended, some health care workers, a few physicians, many concerned citizens. Overall it was a very interactive and engaging event.