“These care aides are an integral part of health care, in the appropriate place,” Hannah Embree says. “Long-term care, stable patients like to see the same person every day, good routine. It’s not the appropriate place for an unlicensed care professionals to be at the bedside of an acutely ill patient.”
Officials from Island Health have said the change is intended to give nurses more time for patient care, but Embree argues patients could get sicker and cost the province more money long-term. She also argues the patient care model could make its way to northern B.C.
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