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Jun
25
June 25, 2015 (Regina, SK) – The Regina Board of Education (Regina Public Schools) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have signed a new collective agreement. “This is the culmination of a lot of co-operation between SUN’s and Regina Public Schools’ negotiating committees, and we are very pleased with the result,” says Denise Dick, SUN First Vice President. “We negotiated this in a day and it reflects the positive outcomes that are achievable when both parties take a collaborative...... Read More
Jun
24
REGINA — Nurses are raising concerns about staffing in Saskatchewan health-care facilities, in spite of an increased number of nurses working in the province. “We’re really concerned around short staffing,” said Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) president Tracy Zambory. “There isn’t enough registered nurses on the floor to provide safe care.” Further, she said the right staff mix is an issue. A Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report released Tuesday says there were...... Read More
Jun
05
SUN joined close to 1,000 nurses wearing white in marching down historic Barrington Street in Halifax this Friday, June 6, 2015, for the official launch of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions’ effort to emphasize health care issues during the upcoming federal election campaign. For the first time, nurses from across the country are asking Canadians to vote for the health care they deserve. To date, no political party has made its platform clear, but nurses feel an obligation to...... Read More
Jun
03
Canadian public health care nurses worked more than 19 million hours of paid and unpaid overtime in 2014, report shows again Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (Halifax, NS)  – Paid and unpaid overtime continues to exert a significant toll on the health and well-being of frontline nurses and contributes to higher than necessary costs, a new report prepared for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions shows. The report by Jacobson Consulting Inc., released today by...... Read More
Jun
01
Nurses’ unions release survey data at national convention in Halifax Monday, June 1, 2015 (Halifax) – Canadians are looking for leadership from the federal government to build our national health care system, rather than tear it down, a new poll from Abacus Data, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, shows. The poll, which was released today by the CFNU during its biennial convention in Halifax, shows that as Canada's population ages, the future of health care is...... Read More
May
29
SUN President, Tracy Zambory RN, finds the proposed $38 million in RQHR budget cuts troubling. Some of the main areas of concern the region has earmarked for reduction to cover this shortfall and balance the budget include: Reducing 152 fulltime-equivalent positions through reallocating resources and better scheduling, reducing overtime hours and reducing orientation costs among others. We need “better information on why nurses are working overtime as well as having organizations like SUN...... Read More
May
13
By Andrew Livingstone For Postmedia Saskatchewan Specialty  Once the sole domain of women, the nursing profession has long been open to qualified individuals of either sex. With the stigma against male nurses a thing of the past, the demanding, but rewarding field can now be explored by anyone with sufficient training and motivation, as Brooks Brhelle, a nurse in geriatric nursing, can attest.  A resident care coordinator at Extendicare Parkside in Regina, Brhelle serves as the...... Read More
May
12
  SOURCE: Leader Post, May 11, 2015 Nurses can be said to be on the frontlines in the ongoing battle against illness and injury. They wage a daily war against broken bones, bacteria and, as shown in a recent survey, even bureaucracy. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) represents close to 10,000 registered nurses (RNs), registered nurse (nurse practitioner)s (RN(NP)s) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs), who provide health care to Saskatchewan residents across the province. A...... Read More
May
11
During the SRNA Annual Meeting last week (May 6), Registered Nurses – including frontline RNs, Nurse Educators, academics and managers - from across the province rose to the microphones to discuss the current practice environment and the erosion of the RN scope of practice. As a direct reflection of the current practice environment, two (2) major resolutions were brought forward to the SRNA Annual Meeting by the frontline nurses – and passed by the SRNA members. RESOLUTION:  Education by...... Read More
May
11
CFNU PRESS RELEASE: Canada’s Nurses are standing up for the country’s health care system this federal election, as the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the eight provincial nurses unions it represents will register as third-party advertisers for the first time in the organization’s history. “With proposed cuts of $36 billion over the next ten years, [Canada’s nurses] cannot wait any longer to take a stand and defend our country’s health care system,” said CFNU President Linda...... Read More
Apr
22
SUN/Government Partnership on shaky ground. SUN members send a strong message through emergency resolution. ‪#‎SKPoli‬ ‪#‎Saskatchewan‬ ‪#‎Sask‬ ‪#‎nursing‬ ‪#‎RN‬ ‪#‎YXE‬ ‪#‎YQR‬ WHEREAS SUN members face ongoing challenges to the integrity of nursing processes, policies and practices that are in conflict with their ability to meet professional nursing standards and deliver the highest quality of patient care to the people of Saskatchewan. AND WHEREAS...... Read More
Apr
22
Close to 350 members at the 41st SUN Annual Meeting pass a major emergency resolution regarding concerns over the SALPN bylaws. SUN members have called on the Health Minister to direct his Ministry, the regional health authorities and RN, RPN and LPN regulatory bodies to stop all practice changes until interpretive and practice decision-making documents have been finalized and agreed...... Read More
Mar
04
BY MURRAY MANDRYK, THE LEADER-POST MARCH 4, 2015 The big advantage the Saskatchewan Party has is that it doesn't have to do much to convince its legions of supporters that it deserves a third consecutive term. Admittedly, this was exactly where Saskatchewan was 16 years ago, when the Roy Romanow NDP government - fearing little from a fledging Sask. Party splitting support with the still-existing Liberals - saw no reason to be contrite. Instead, it was simply easier to sell the notion that...... Read More
Feb
03
[MEDIA RELEASE] The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions joined striking Ontario Nurses’  Association members on the picket lines in a show of solidarity. Leaders from nurses unions across the  country stood with striking nurses in demanding a fair settlement from the Ontario government.  Walking the picket lines outside the Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital were leaders from nurses  unions from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador,...... Read More
Jan
30
[REGINA, SK] -- Saskatchewan’s 10,000 Registered Nurses have good reason to celebrate today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the province’s Public Sector Essential Services Act (PSESA) is unconstitutional. “No workers were affected more by this legislation than Saskatchewan’s registered nurses, so no union was more committed to this legal battle than SUN,” explains Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. “When we launched our legal challenge to this legislation...... Read More