Nursing home workers in Calgary are being told to consider their own needs before deciding to stay or go.
A new report by the city’s health department says the nurses in the Humber Memorial Centre in the city could face a lot more tough choices this year if they don’t have the training and experience needed to do their jobs safely.
The report, commissioned by the Calgary Health Services Board, says some of the workers who will be on the job in 2018 are already in the midst of a long list of medical issues that require specialist attention.
For example, the report says some nurses have recently become pregnant and are worried about the health of their baby.
And many are on long-term hospitalization, the health department said.
Some of the nurses are also worried about being able to care for their loved ones, said Sarah Leventhal, a health nurse at the Humboldt Nursing Home.
“They’re in the middle of the night.
They can’t do that when their baby is sleeping.”
Leventhal said the nursing home workers also need to be more vigilant.
There are several other factors that need to come into play, she said.
They have to be mindful of the temperature, the time of day, the humidity, and the amount of ventilation they have.
If they’re in a building with other nursing staff, the nursing staff need to wear their masks, which can be difficult to do in a hot building.
They also need training to help them understand the different situations they’ll be in, the city health department reported.
It also needs to be remembered that these are long-time workers who have lived and worked at the facility for many years.
They are very familiar with the layout and what needs to go on at the nursing facility, Leventhal said.
“There’s a lot that needs to happen.”CBC Calgary has asked the Calgary Nursing Home for an interview, but we haven’t received a response yet.