Title:Valuing the invaluable: rethinking and respecting caring work in Canada.
Subject:Health issues – programs, services
Publisher:Ontario Nurses’ Assocation
Place of Publication:Toronto
Date of Publication:2011
Valuing the Invaluable: Rethinking and respecting caring work in Canada, was written by ONA staff economist Salimah Valiani, PhD. It quantifies the penalty that is imposed on those doing carework in Canada. Valiani’s analysis links the growth of unpaid and paid overtime being worked by RNs to the nursing shortage and the undervaluing of these professionals. Between 1997 and 2008, the annual aggregate unpaid overtime worked by public-sector RNs in Canada virtually doubled, from 51,200 to 99,000 hours. The number of hours of overtime worked weekly by Canadian RNs has quadrupled since the late-1980s. This research clearly quantifies the extent of the nursing shortage that has had such an impact on nurses’ workloads and quality patient care.
Series:Research Paper No. 1