News


Oct
07
BY JANET FRENCH AND JONATHAN CHARLTON, THE STARPHOENIX   OCTOBER 6, 2014 Calling it a “do-or-die” time for the future of registered nurses, RNs from across Saskatchewan are imploring their regulatory body to do everything in its power to stop potential changes they say could put patients at risk. The tussle between Saskatchewan’s RNs and licensed practical nurses continued Monday, when more than 900 RNs attended a special meeting to discuss proposed changes to nursing regulations...... Read More
Oct
01
MEDIA RELEASE Banff, October 1, 2014 - Today, leaders of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) showed provincial and territorial health leaders the inextricable link between safe staffing, patient safety and quality care. The meeting took place at a roundtable briefing held during federal, provincial and territorial health ministers’ meetings. Nurse leaders and provincial and territorial health ministers discussed national and...... Read More
Sep
30
Canada could pay for the most critical medically necessary prescriptions for every single Canadian at little or no more cost to governments. By: Danielle Martin Steve Morgan Published on Mon Sep 29 2014; Toronto Star This week, health ministers from across Canada will gather in Banff to discuss issues of common interest and explore opportunities to work together. Pharmacare — a program that would see all prescription drug costs covered through a publicly funded system instead of...... Read More
Sep
04
CFNU is donating $5,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $5,000 to Registered Nurses Response Network (RNRN) to fight the Ebola epidemic and to protect healthcare workers in affected countries. CFNU has a proud relationship with National Nurses United who sponsor the RNRN program and Doctors Without Borders has a long history of working in countries facing health crises with a great reputation of working with nurses. "As nurses unions, we negotiate and sometimes fight for safe...... Read More
Jul
31
The Ministry of Health released their 2013-2014 Annual Report on Monday, July 28, 2014, and given what SUN members have been telling Provincial for the past year the results are of little surprise.   The total number of Critical Incidents reported – 195 – is the largest since reporting began in 2005. This represents a 21.1% one-year increase over 2012-2013, and a 53.5% two-year increase over 2011-2012. More than half of all Critical Incidents were once again defined as Care Management...... Read More
Jul
28
By Murray Mandryk, The Starphoenix July 26, 2014 6:40 AM SOURCE: http://www.leaderpost.com/health/lean+stopwatches+woes/10065419/story.html The easiest way to measure what's gone wrong with lean implementation in Saskatchewan health isn't by counting the number of Japanese words health care providers were told to learn, or the number of paper airplanes they made in a training exercise. What's gone so very wrong with the Saskatchewan Party government's lean implementation can...... Read More
Jul
22
In response to Saskatchewan Registered Nurse Association (SRNA) Nursing Practice Advisor concerns that nurse educators are being asked to provide education to not only registered nurses but also other health care providers, a letter has been sent to all Nurse Educators and Managers in the province from SRNA Executive Director, Karen Eisler. In the letter, Eisler points out that educators have “the professional responsibility and accountability to provide learners with evidence informed...... Read More
Jul
11
As registered nurses SUN members are dedicated to helping others in need, but when tragedy strikes close to home, it means so much more. The floods in southern and south-eastern Saskatchewan have devastated countless communities – many of which are still under water and will take weeks to recover. In honour of the SUN members, living and working in these areas and to help those in the community begin to recover, SUN is honoured to make a $5,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross’...... Read More
Jul
10
REGINA -  Members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) working at Saskatchewan’s two (2) Canadian Blood Services (CBS) facilities have voted in 89% in favour of a long awaited Collective Agreement. The newly ratified Collective Agreement contains: ·         Improvements to universal health benefits ·         Improved language around hours of work ·         Improved severance package for those impacted by model of care changes ·         A 2% lump sum retroactive...... Read More
Jul
09
Due to a vacant SUN position on the SUN/SAHO Position Evaluation Committee, the SUN Board of Directors has issued a Call for Expression of Interest. As per SUN Bylaw 6.07, the SUN Board of Directors will appoint one (1) member to this Committee. SUN members, working under the SUN/SAHO Collective Agreement, interested in taking on the role of SUN representative on the SUN/SAHO Position Evaluation Committee, should forward their name to the SUN Board of Directors, 2330 2nd Avenue, Regina,...... Read More
Jun
03
Can work be safe when home isn’t? We need your help! The on-line survey closes June 6th. On December 6, the Canadian Labour Congress and the University of Western Ontario launched the first-ever national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. All workers in Canada over the age of 15 are invited to fill out a 10 –30 minute online survey to help us learn more about this important issue. We need your help to make sure we have good participation from all regions...... Read More
May
27
Moncton, New Brunswick (May 27, 2014) - Today the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions published a new report which calls for nurses, patients and their families to safeguard our health care system and to reject irresponsible workforce redesign. Valuing Patient Safety: Responsible Workforce Design provides stark evidence of the effects of ill-considered experiments in the delivery of patient care. Workforce redesign refers to nursing care delivery, and changes to staff mix and...... Read More
May
12
BY JUDY BIRD, LEADER-POST SPECIALTY PRODUCTS   MAY 12, 2014 Registered Nurses (RNs) across the country are making a small change in their appearance at work, and it is having a huge impact on patients and patient safety. The RNs are opting to wear white, reflecting a return to the uniform of yesteryear that made them easily identifiable. It's part of the Wear White campaign, and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is encouraging their...... Read More
May
06
SUN is proud to donate $9,000 ($1 for each member) to Farmland Legacies, a registered non-profit charity, which holds agricultural land in trust and works to promote and communicate sustainable values. The headquarters of Farmland Legacies rests on a working organic farm nestled just south of Little Quill Lake near Wynyard, Saskatchewan. This location, referred to as "the Home Quarter", aims to be a model for sustainable land use and agriculture. The agriculture yield will support...... Read More
Apr
30
April 30, 2014, Yorkton, Saskatchewan: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) opened its 40th Annual Meeting in Yorkton this morning with close to 400 registered nurse delegates and guests in attendance.  The three-day event will celebrate 40 years of SUN being a leading voice for registered nurses in the province, by recognizing past accomplishments and examining some of the current health care and societal challenges Saskatchewan people face today. “40 years is a major milestone and...... Read More