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A Nurse's Opinion

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Nursing is a profession in crisis. Of the 250 000 nurses in Canada, more than 30 000 have left the profession. A Nurse's Opinion offers a balanced overview of many of the issues that have led to nursing's current dilemma. These include: the role of nursing in the health care system; increasing responsibility; long hours; low pay; increasingly large caseloads; burnout; exclusion from the decision-making process. A Nurse's Opinion points out the ways in which the historical development of nursing and the public perception of nurses as "selfless handmaidens" have contributed to the current crisis.

1990, 52 min 02 s