Child care

A career in nursing is 24/7 in nature, and child care is a significant challenge. Coverage of formal child care in Canada is patchy, even during more standard business week hours. We have heard from nurses across the country who cannot return to work after having children because of a lack of suitable child care options. Even for those who can find child care, if the situation is not ideal, this stress will manifest itself over the course of the workday. National leadership is needed to ensure that affordable and high quality child care and early education opportunities are available for all. Child care must be included within human resource retention and recruitment strategies. This is especially critical for already trained nurses who are needed at work, in hospitals, nursing homes, and in our communities.

CFNU proudly supports Code Blue for Child Care – a pan-Canadian campaign to build a public, non-profit child care system. Code blue means “medical emergency,” and working men and women, including many nurses, still need a national child care program to provide quality and safe child care. You can learn more about this campaign launched by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) by logging on to

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I was talking to a nurse who had to send her 3 month old hundreds of jmiles away to her parents, becuase her husband went to Afghanistan with the forces... her work schedule gave her no options, no work childcare.... She cried that she sent her baby away for a whole week. It was sad. Nobody else commenting on this at all. K.

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