By Michael Boriero
Sophie Delarosbil, an auxiliary nurse at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, has reached a breaking point, like so many healthcare professionals in the Eastern Townships, suffering from unbearable hours and demoralizing conditions.
Delarosbil was one of several nurses to speak during a press conference in front of the hospital Monday. She spoke about her dwindling passion for the job, exhausted by countless mandatory overtime shifts, and a deteriorating workplace environment.
It was a dream job when she started 16 years ago, she explained, but it has since turned into a nightmare, made worse by the ongoing pandemic and fourth wave of COVID-19. She often wonders when she will get home to her family and find time to sleep.
Healthcare professionals are not machines, Delarosbil continued, adding that she barely has time to spend with her three children. She has already seen many of her colleagues leave the public sector for better jobs, or take time off due to illness or burnout.
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