Services no longer offered by N.L. nurses grows over nursing shortage dispute

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ST. JOHNS, N.L. Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador added to a growing list of non-nursing duties they will no longer perform in a dispute with the province over a nursing shortage

The nurses union says starting Thursday, the nurses will no longer pick up meal trays; porter patients for routine procedures; register patients and retrieve charts after midnight; book routine appointments; and transport routine specimens to the lab.

The nurses announced a week ago that they are no longer doing services they consider to be non-nursing duties.

Union president Debbie Forward has said her more than 5,000 strong membership will use its discretion and wont let a situation deteriorate to the point where it jeopardizes the health of a patient.

By removing these duties, the union says nurses can focus on providing quality nursing care to patients.

Conciliation talks on a new contract broke off earlier this month.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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