World Diabetes day should be a wake up call: Ranks of diabetics expected to increase by 50% as the number of nurses shrinks

    OTTAWA, Nov. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The over 150 landmarks around the world
lit up in blue marking United Nations observed World Diabetes Day on November
14th should be a warning call to the federal government to take action on
Canada's nursing shortage.
    "More than two million Canadians have diabetes -- by the end of the
decade the number is expected to increase to three million. First Nations are
three to five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Nurses are on the
frontlines, helping diabetics manage their conditions but by 2011 Canada is
expected to have a shortfall of 78,000 nurses," said Linda Silas, President of
the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions (CFNU) representing 135,000 nurses
across the country. "As more people develop diabetes there will be increased
demand for medical visits and diagnostic tests and we will need more nurses to
treat them."
    "Even if diabetes was not increasing we would still not have enough
nurses." said Silas. "More needs to be done about retaining nurses, while
nurses are retiring every year, high levels of workplace stress and overwork
contribute to 30% of new nurses leaving the profession within the first few
years of practice."
    The CFNU is calling for a pan Canadian Health Human Resources strategy
that addresses the nursing shortage and with specific strategies aimed at both
retention and recruitment of nurses in an evidence based, collaborative

For further information:

For further information: Linda Silas, CFNU President, (613) 859-4314
(cell); Sean Fordyce or Christopher Schulz, Communications, (613) 526-4661

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