Attendants in CHSLDS refuse to supervise trainees

Des préposés en CHSLD refusent de superviser des stagiaires

Hundreds of orderlies in NURSING homes are preparing to refuse to supervise trainees in accelerated training, who are unhappy with the premium of $ 5 a day offered by Quebec.

“A motion block, in this moment, it is what travels on the social networks. It is this which seems to be prepared. When you walk in the corridors, this is what is meant “, says Valérie Lapensée, of the trade union of workers of the Laurentians health and social services-CSN, where the discontent is particularly palpable.

Tomorrow, approximately 500 students will begin the practical component of their accelerated training at the Centre for integrated health and social services (CISSS) in the region.

Comments of some attendants published on Facebook to the approach of their arrival speak for themselves.

“I shout loud and clear that I say NO to train the new servants,” wrote one.

“It is for the teachers to do this job-there !” said another.

Mrs. Lapensée tempers a bit on these remarks. “On the floors, is not : “one does not want”. It is : “we don’t want to if we don’t have the time to show them as it should be and if it is not paid accordingly,” “, ” she says.

More Responsibilities

To receive the premium of $ 5 per shift, the mentor must find the time to train the recruits while performing their usual tasks.

“Having done it myself several times, this is an overload of work. It is necessary to have the eyes open at all times “, explains Jean Bottari, who has been clerk for 31 years.

The Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN) wishes that the attendants together with trainees will be released from some of their responsibilities, for security.

“It is during the shower, the toilet, walking, lifting or plans of care “, the risk of injury to patients as attendants is real good, reminds Mrs. Lapensée.

Jeff Begley.
Trade unionist

Above all, the apprentices have had three weeks of theoretical courses, compared to more than 800 training hours of a professional studies program, adds the president of the FSSS-CSN), Jeff Begley.


Students, themselves, are worried about being perceived as a burden so they hope to lend a hand.

“We are more trained than the army when it arrived in a CHSLD,” says Sophie Royer, 46 years of age, which follows the program of training accelerated for orderlies in La Sarre, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

The one that was waiting the beginning of the internship with impatience is cooled by the comments of some attendants hostile on the social networks.

“It was almost scared to throw tomatoes,” said Mrs. Royer, who will receive an annual salary of nearly $ 50,000 at the end of his training.

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