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Hamilton hospitals combat staffing shortages with nursing students

Oct 13, 2021
Laura Saunders and Katja Preinitsch are fourth-year nursing students at McMaster who are working as externs at Hamilton hospitals to help with nursing shortages in the pandemic. 


SOURCE: Hamilton Spectator

By Maria Iqbal Spectator Reporter

Nursing students are filling gaps in Hamilton hospitals as the pandemic continues to pressure the health-care system in the fourth COVID-19 wave. Staffing shortages are leaving nurses “overworked” as Ontario hospitals are seeing “record numbers” of patients. “On my floor, they are typically working short” or getting floated to other floors that are short, said Laura Saunders, a fourth-year nursing student at McMaster University who’s been working with stroke patients at Hamilton General Hospital since April. Saunders is one of 87 McMaster student externs working at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton sites. 

Read the full article at: Hamilton Spectator


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