Ontario nursing unions want staffing agencies phased out after fake nurse worked for 7 months

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Ontario nursing associations say the province should phase out health-care staffing agencies if it wants to prevent untrained people from working in places like long-term care homes.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) told CBC Hamilton agencies bring a host of problems and have little oversight — which is especially problematic given recent criminal charges laid against a fake nurse who worked in three long-term care homes for months after an agency, and the homes, didn’t properly check her credentials.

While the homes and the agency involved said they’ve made changes to prevent future errors, the unions say there must be

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