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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
Feb
11

2016
The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says contract talks with the province have reached an impasse after more than seven months at the bargaining table. SUN President Tracy Zambory says a key item of concern is the ability of nurses to call in extra staff when they think help is needed. The union says nurses can often call in more maintenance, kitchen, or even snow removal staff, but only some RNs can call in additional nursing staff if they think it's necessary for patient care. The...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
Key issue is ability of nurses to call in extra staff when patient safety at risk, nurses union says Collective bargaining talks between Saskatchewan's registered nurses and management have stalled. On Thursday, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) said that after seven months of bargaining with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, they are at an impasse. Details of what's being offered have been under a media blackout over that time. According to SUN, one sticking...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
After seven months at the bargaining table, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses notified the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Thursday morning that collective bargaining has reached an impasse.  SUN president Tracy Zambory said she is disappointed negotiations have stalled when progress had been made early in the process. “We are not seeing any movement,” she said. “We’ve had a few times when we’ve come back together and they’ve delivered us the same answer twice. We know that...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
REGINA, February 11, 2016: Today, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) notified the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) that collective bargaining has reached an impasse. This decision comes after more than seven (7) months at the bargaining table. “We are incredibly disappointed and believe this to be a missed opportunity for SAHO to collaborate with the province’s almost 10,000 registered nurses on finding solutions to improving both patient care and workplaces,”...... Read More
Feb
04

2016
REGINA – One premier, 17 cabinet ministers, and a room packed with municipal politicians made up the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s (SUMA) Bear Pit. For 75 minutes mayors and counsellors from across the province had free reign to ask cabinet anything they wanted. A wide range of concerns were brought to the table, but two main issues emerged; health care and infrastructure. “How much money can the province borrow to keep our economy going?” asked a delegate in regard to...... Read More