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Jun
24

2016
Provinces say rising costs, aging population demand a boost to health-care transfer. The federal health minister says she is unconvinced that putting more money into the federal health transfer to the provinces is the best way to improve the health-care system. Jane Philpott and her provincial counterparts are in the midst of negotiations for a new multi-year health accord. The provinces want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to change the agreement put in place by the previous...... Read More
Jun
22

2016
News that Saskatchewan and other provinces have come to a tentative agreement to improve — at a cost— the Canada Pension Plan has created some strange bedfellows. Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, noted approvingly that the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had spoken well of the plan. Meanwhile, Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, praised the changes, too, saying, “the devil’s in the details, but it makes sense to...... Read More
Jun
22

2016
The federal health minister is among the hundreds of nurses gathering in Saint John for the Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Conference. “Our New Brunswick Nursing Association is celebrating 100 years of their journey together and we are here to celebrate their centennial,” said Karima Velji, president of the Canadian Nurses Association. The event hasn't been held in the Maritimes since the early 1990s, but it’s come east for a special occasion. About 600 nurses...... Read More
Jun
21

2016
[ONTARIO]  Patients will again pay the price when St. Joseph’s Care Group’s hospital site in Thunder Bay cuts 12 full-time registered nurses (RNs) and 14 part-time RNs in a variety of units. “Our vulnerable, complex St. Joseph’s patients are losing more than 40,000 hours of registered nurse hands-on care a year,” notes Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “Quality patient care will be impacted throughout the hospital. RN care is being cut from the...... Read More
Jun
09

2016
To date, the Supreme Court of Canada’s June 6, 2016 deadline for the Federal Government to have legislation in place for Medical Assistance in Dying has not been met.    Presently, patients have the ability to request medically assisted dying from a physician under the Carter decision of the Supreme Court and the applicable policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.   Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) and Registered Nurse (Nurse...... Read More
May
17

2016
Inaccurate, lacking research & evidence, insulting. Regina RN questions Leader Post pieces by Murray Mandryk and Steven Lewis in a letter to the editor: Murray Mandryk’s May 11 column, “Saskatchewan RNs must truly put patients first,” was incredibly offensive and disrespectful to this province’s RNs. I’m an RN at the Regina General and Pasqua hospitals; never did I ever imagine when I began this amazing career that RNs would be so vilified for speaking out for their patients . We...... Read More
May
13

2016
KIRSTEN WOODEND Contributed to The Globe and Mail Published  Friday, May 13, 2016 6:00AM EDT Last updated    Thursday, May 12, 2016 5:48PM EDT Kirsten Woodend is dean of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, and president of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. ---------------------------------------- In January, 2015, changes were made to the “entry to practise” exam for Canadian nurses, which is taken by graduates of Canadian nursing...... Read More
May
13

2016
We get to be there for the most precious moments in a patient and their family’s life– whether it’s in labour and delivery, or on a medical unit, in hospice care, long-term care, mental and community health facilities or anywhere else in the system registered nurses are there – we’re there for the happiest, scariest and saddest times in our patient’s lives – it’s an indescribable feeling of honor that only nurses truly...... Read More
May
12

2016
Denise Dick, RN talks about short-staffing, nurse burnout, inspiring nursing students and much more for National Nurses Week on CTV Saskatoon Morning Live VIDEO: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video… ... Read More
May
10

2016
A message to registered nurses from Denise Dick, RN (SUN First Vice President)  I was shocked to read Steven Lewis’s May 9, 2016 opinion piece in the Leader Post. It was literally riddled with inaccuracies from start to finish and was frankly disrespectful to Registered Nurses.    Read the article: http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/whats-really-behind-the-saskatchewan-rn-dispute-with-lpns Lewis claims that only SUN has raised concerns with SALPN’s scope expansion project. In fact,...... Read More
Mar
24

2016
REGINA, March 24, 2016: Members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have ratified a March 3, 2016 tentative agreement reached with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). In province-wide voting yesterday, 91.5 per cent of members who cast ballots voted to accept the new four-year agreement. “SUN members are pleased to have language in their new contract that enables them to exercise their professional judgement when it comes to calling in the additional nursing...... Read More
Mar
23

2016
For Immediate Release: March 23rd, 2016. Saskatoon, Sask- Today health care professionals and public health advocates urged Premier Wall to reverse a plan that would violate the Canada Health Act, and called on Minister Philpott to impose penalties if it is implemented. Premier Wall has stated that if re-elected his party will create a second-tier in health care for both MRI and CT scans. This will allow affluent patients to jump the queue, however, it will not solve the problems of wait...... Read More
Mar
03

2016
The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Inc. (SAHO) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have signed a memorandum of agreement on a tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement. “I am pleased to report that in a relatively short period of time the parties were able to reach an agreement.  I don’t recall ever having parties move so far so quickly on fundamental issues.  This is a testament to the professionalism and goodwill of both organizations, and I congratulate...... Read More
Mar
01

2016
Top high school graduates enter one of the most difficult undergraduate degrees. They must survive and excel in intense courses specific to the science of professionally caring for individuals, families and communities —health-care issues, leadership, communication, biology, statistics, psychology and counselling. This knowledge is developed and evaluated in classroom and real-life patient-care settings. The science of caring for people, a combination of textbook smarts from a four-year...... Read More
Feb
29

2016
SUN President, Tracy Zambory, wrote to the federal Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, this morning to express SUN’s strong opposition to the licensing of Canadian Plasma Resources as a for-profit blood plasma donation clinic in Saskatchewan.   March 1, 2016   The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney’s Pasture Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9   Dear Minister Philpott:   I write on behalf of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and our...... Read More