Nurses denied summer vacation

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According to CBC news, some nurses on Canada’s Prince Edward Island have been denied summer vacations. The head of the Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union said some nurses, especially those working in long-term care facilities have had vacation requests denied due to the constant demand for healthcare. Unlike some other industries, healthcare is 24/7. And like the United States, Canada is in the midst of a nursing shortage. A Prince Edward Island emergency room was forced to close this weekend due to inadequate staffing after a nurse called in sick.

Have you ever been denied vacation due to lack of coverage?



Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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2 Responses to Nurses denied summer vacation

  1. Jen

    yes all the time, I’m a nurse with 2 year seniority on my unit and still cannot get vacation time during the summer months. We only allow 2 RN’s to have off any given week and RN’s are only allowed to take one week (if it is available in the summer) although the coordinators/managers seem to be able to take multiple weeks off in the summer ; different rules apply and certainly not lead by example

  2. cindie

    Even without the shortage, it has always been difficult to get time off from work. Smart nurses who value their health and life beyond work, usually work 2 partime jobs, per-diem or agency which allows flexibility, hence time off when they want or need it. We give our patients health related teaching on the benefits of less stress and plenty of rest, but the system denies us the same. Nurses, Live, rest and travel. Life comes around ONCE.