A new study suggests that a third of young nurses working in a Quebec hospital quit their jobs after four years.
The alarming statistic was revealed in a research that followed nurses aged 35 and younger at a downtown Quebec City hospital.
The study’s author, Nancy Cote, explains that young nurses have unstable schedule and are often on call.
“They love the job but the working conditions make it difficult for them to have a life outside of work,” Cote said.
The study contains testimonies of nurses who became overwhelmed by their hospital duties.
“I couldn’t see the end of it,” confided 30-years-old Sarah.” My workload was getting heavier and I couldn’t sleep. I will never come back to this hell of a job.”
Cote said that the nurses are not well enough informed about the reality of the job before joining the workforce.
“They have more patients that they anticipated and they are not well supervised,” Cote said.