@SUNnurses President's Message
Improving patient care: Beyond the negotiating table #nursing #skpoli #ptsafety
It is well known that collective bargaining allows healthcare workers to achieve progress in areas such as compensation and working conditions, but the important role registered nursing unions play in improving patient safety and outcomes is often overlooked.
In Canada, over 80% of registered nurses are unionized. This is the majority of the single largest group of healthcare professionals in the country, who comprise close to one-third of the Canadian healthcare workforce. Whether in hospitals, long- term care, mental health, home care or community settings, registered nurses touch the lives of every Canadian. No other healthcare provider is more integrally involved in direct patient care than a registered nurse.
But what does a unionized registered nurse really mean for patients?