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  • Stuart Benson

‘No back-up’

Wakefield Hospital nursing staff stretched thin, overnight shifts left unstaffed

Nurses at the Wakefield Hospital are sounding the alarm that the situation is becoming increasingly more uncertain, resulting in no nursing assistants being on the floor overnight in the long-term-care (LTC) unit for the second time this year.

Wakefield's Ned Ellis was already in bed on Sept. 5 when he received a phone call just after 10 p.m. from a woman who told him she was calling all of the family members of patients currently residing in the LTC to inform them that there was no “préposé,” or night attendant, on the floor for the overnight shift.