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B.C. nursing shortage a crisis, union says

The B.C. Nurses Union says the province is grappling with a nursing shortage so severe it’s a crisis.

Gayle Duteil, president of the BCNU, says a shortage of specialized nurses is starting to cause problems in everything from operating rooms to intensive care units around B.C..

“At this time we have over 1,000 vacancies across the province in specialty areas.” Duteil told CBC. “These are acute units: They’re emergencies, they’re operating rooms, they’re recovery rooms, they’re ICUs. And it’s a very serious matter.”

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