Nurse left homeless by COVID-19 anxiety now working the front lines of the pandemic

Ottawa nurse Kathrine Slinski has taken a job in a long-term care facility fighting a COVID-19 outbreak in order to make ends meet. 
Kathrine Slinski

Date Published: May 28, 2020

Source: CBC

While healthcare professionals and others on the frontlines are getting praise for working during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these essential workers are bearing the brunt of people’s anxiety as well. Nurse Kathrine Slinski was kicked out by her landlord because of fears that she might bring the virus home. Many registered practical nurses in hospitals can make up to $10 more an hour than nurses that work in community care, contributing to the instability that those working in community care feel during this time. They often work up to 12 hours or more a day, in settings that have been characterized by inadequate staffing and insufficient personal protective equipment. These revelations continue to come as a reckoning occurs in Canada over the state of long-term care and the effects of privatization over the industry become clear. There are hopes that, once the pandemic is over, politicians will continue to make changes to ensure that frontline staff feel secure and safe in their jobs with sufficient support, and that residents of these centres receive adequate and appropriate care.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang