Hundreds of Quebec’s nurses quit their jobs in first 6 months of the pandemic



a baby sleeping in a bed: A nurse tends to a patient suspected of having COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at North York General Hospital in Toronto in May.


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A nurse tends to a patient suspected of having COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at North York General Hospital in Toronto in May.

As Quebec braces for a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the province’s health-care system has lost hundreds of nurses who have quit the profession in the past six months.

A Radio-Canada analysis has found that more than 1,700 nurses working for 13 of the province’s regional health boards left their jobs between mid-March and August. That’s compared to around 1,300 during the same period in 2019. 

At least 11 of those establishments saw more nurses leave their jobs compared to the same period last year. 

The CISSS Laval saw a 52-per-cent increase in nurses who left their jobs. For the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, that number is 17 per cent. At the CIUSSS Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec, 247 nurses left their jobs, an increase of 72 per cent.

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