Nurses' suicides draw attention to difficult working conditions

Charlie Fidelman, Montréal Gazette, November 8, 2010 A suicide attempt at a Québec City hospital that comes in the wake of four recent suicides has once again raised questions about nurses’ difficult working conditions, including excessive overtime and workloads. Experts at a McGill University nursing conference held Friday tackled some of these questions. Working conditions play a large role in whether a nurse wants to stay on the job, said Sandie Larouche, Nursing Explorations 2010 conference co-chair. All hospitals have staff shortages, yet some are better at hanging onto their nurses, she said. ... Nurses