News


Apr
09
SUN understands that members regularly find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to voicing patient safety concerns. We also know that in order for any healthcare transformation initiative to be successful in improving the safety and quality of patient care in our province registered nurses need to be heard. SUN members are frequently reporting they do not always feel comfortable communicating their concerns, and in some cases have felt intimidated when they have done so....... Read More
Apr
01
SUNBurst |  Distributed March 27, 2014 @ 2:30 pm I want to thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns and support regarding our communication on the lean process in healthcare. I really do value and respect every member’s opinion. Also, I want to say, that for months we have heard the concerns of members regarding the process, so when we [SUN] receive positive feedback about instances where Lean is working, I feel hopeful and encouraged that the positive aspects (and there are...... Read More
Mar
24
[Editorial]  The Leader-Post March 24, 2014 7:22 AM The Saskatchewan government is spending $39 million on the lean process to try and improve health care. In recent days, "lean" health-care redesign has been front and centre in political debate. The NDP Opposition has criticized the consulting firm price tag and the "Japanese senseis" flown in to train management in the new terminology and methodology. The government has countered that the lean process is paying for itself through...... Read More
Mar
07
This past Monday SUN members were made aware of the Government’s decision to lift the pause on abolishment, replacement and vacancy management of registered nurse positions.  As you know, this pause was a directive from the Minister of Health in response to patient safety concerns raised in reports by you, our members. These concerns, along with data such as rising provincial critical incident numbers, were sufficient impetus for the Minister to initiate the pause and direct RHAs to...... Read More
Mar
04
The Minister of Health’s directive for the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to pause the abolishment of registered nurse positions has expired and government has decided it will not be extended. This decision is deeply troubling for SUN and SUN members given that concerns around patient safety, which were the reason for the pause, have not been addressed.   The pause was initially instituted on November 12, 2013 as a result of discussions between SUN and the Minister regarding patient...... Read More
Feb
27
Prof Linda H Aiken PhD a <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62631-8/fulltext#cor1" href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62631-8/fulltext#cor1" title="" "="">, Douglas M Sloane PhD a, Luk Bruyneel MS b, Koen Van den Heede PhD b, Prof Peter Griffiths PhD c,Prof Reinhard Busse MD d, Marianna Diomidous PhD e, Prof Juha Kinnunen PhD f, Prof Maria Kózka PhD g, Prof Emmanuel LesaffrePhD h, Matthew D...... Read More
Feb
11
BY CATHARINE MAKELKI, THE STARPHOENIX The community of l'Isle-Verte in Quebec gathered recently to remember the more than 30 residents who lost their lives in a fire that broke out in a nursing home. This tragedy should make us all reflect on the conditions of care for our seniors. The lack of sprinklers in the Quebec facility clearly played a major role, but many people were shocked to discover that a long-term care facility with more than 50 residents had only two staff persons on the...... Read More
Feb
10
REGINA, February 10, 2014: In the wake of the recently agreed to extension of a pause on registered nurse position abolishment with the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) launches a groundbreaking social media video campaign. The four-week campaign, kicking off Monday, February 10, 2014, will feature daily, hard-hitting interviews with leading Canadian researchers and Saskatchewan’s own frontline registered nurses. They will be discussing exactly what the impact of...... Read More
Dec
11
SASKATOON, December 11, 2013: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and Station 20 West announced an expansion of their partnership Wednesday, which will see greater collaboration on health education and outreach programs as means to address the root causes of health problems in Saskatoon’s Westside Core neighborhoods. In addition SUN announced the forgiveness of a $250,000 loan extended to the project in 2009. “Station 20 West is really about building strong, healthy communities and...... Read More
Dec
06
December 6, 2013: Today we mourn and pay tribute to a global icon and symbol of freedom, courage and forgiveness, an anti-apartheid hero and an honorary Canadian citizen, Nelson Mandela: July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013.     “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela    15 of Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring...... Read More
Dec
06
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, marking the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.   On this day we remember these young women murdered because they were women, just as they were getting the education they needed to take on challenging careers in a field where women are under-represented. December 6 is also a day to reflect on the prevalence of violence against women in our...... Read More
Nov
26
Healthcare dominates as an issue of top concern for Saskatchewan people, with registered nurse care seen as integral to service delivery according to a province wide public opinion survey. The survey was conducted by Praxis Analytics in October (2013) on behalf of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). SUN annually conducts public research to gauge how people feel about the services provided by registered nurses in healthcare delivery, and about the system as a whole. “We know our members...... Read More
Oct
24
<< REGINA >> The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) says Premier Brad Wall’s throne speech, delivered yesterday, is a step in the right direction to meet the healthcare needs of an unprecedented  population growth, but still misses the mark. SUN commends the Government’s leadership and financial support around addressing concerns with long-term care facilities, their recent commitment to improving mental health and addictions services across the province, and their continued commitment to...... Read More
Oct
17
LEADER-POST A legal action that could reshape Canadian business, government and, especially, organized labour for decades is heading from Saskatchewan to the Supreme Court of Canada. The court announced Thursday that it’s agreed to hear the Saskatchewan Federation’s of Labour’s appeal of a decision upholding the Saskatchewan Party government’s Public Service Essential Services Act and the Trade Union Act Amendment Act. When the province’s top court upheld this legislation in late...... Read More
Oct
10
Each year on 10th of October the World Mental Health Day is celebrated. The day is an initiative of World Health Organizations (WHO) and of the Federation of Mental Health that, this year, has published a report focused on older people. An occasion to stress the importance of this phase in terms of enjoying a full and active later life and maintaining a healthy social involvement in the community, as highlighted during the International Day of Older People. Consequently to the rising of...... Read More