Nurse layoffs at Fraser Valley long-term-care facilities 'frightening'

Jennifer Saltman, The Province, September 29, 2010 A plan to increase the amount of “direct care” given to patients in long-term care has some nurses fearing more seniors will die and become ill in Fraser Valley nursing homes. About 100 long-term care nurses met in Surrey Wednesday to discuss the elimination of 68 registered-nurse positions in Fraser Health owned and operated facilities. The number of RNs who will be laid off from contracted facilities is unknown. Renee Kennedy, a nurse at Peace Arch Hospital, said that since January 10 RNs have been laid off there. “It’s overwhelming,” Kennedy said. ... Nurse