Low morale among Whitehorse General nurses: union

CBC News, May 22, 2007 A critical staffing shortage at the Whitehorse General Hospital has led to low morale and overworked nurses filing more grievances than usual, says the president of the nurses' union. Michèle Demers, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, said nurses are being shuffled between departments to fill gaps created by the staff shortage. "The morale is low. The number of grievances have increased," Demers said. "There appears to be some leave requests that are denied." Demers added that the hospital continues to hire nurses on a casual or on-call basis, as well as restricting vacation leave for its nurses this summer ... Low