04/23/2015 06:10 EDT | Updated 07/20/2015 09:59 EDT

Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says staff shortage endangering patients

SASKATOON - The union that represents registered nurses in Saskatchewan says a staff shortage is endangering patients across the province.

A new report from the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says one in three nurses think that patients are frequently put at risk due to short staffing.

Union president Tracy Zambory says it is very troubling when nurses can't do what they need to do in the work place.

The report, which is based on a survey of nurses, says the situation is worse than last year.

Zambory says there are more registered nurses working, but not enough to meet the demands of a growing province.

She says part of the problem is that registered nurses are being replaced with less educated and trained staff such as licensed practical nurses. (CKOM)