Union says nurse shortage has reached crisis

Canadian Press, October 24, 2006 Alberta is experiencing a dire shortage of nurses that will get even worse as new hospitals open in Calgary and Edmonton in the next five years, a union leader warned Tuesday. "The rural regions are very fearful that Edmonton and Calgary will act like black holes, sucking resources from them," said Heather Smith, president of the United Nurses of Alberta. "There's also a concern in other provinces that Alberta will pull resources from their jurisdictions as well." ... Union