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Sep
16

2016
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be issuing layoff notices after a two-year review of staffing in 117 round-the-clock care units. Fewer than 20 people will lose their jobs, but all positions are being considered, said Keith Dewar, CEO of the RQHR. Over two years, a number of RQHR positions have been eliminated through attrition. “That’s been our commitment all along,” Dewar said. “Our interest here is providing quality, safe care. Our second obligation to the public is to...... Read More
Sep
16

2016
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses president Tracy Zambory worries job losses in the Saskatoon Health Region will affect patient safety. “Our members are telling us if there is job loss in the system — and now we see that there is — that’s only going to cause more concern around the erosion of the safety and quality of patient care and the health and morale of registered nurses in the system,” she said. Twelve registered nurses were among the 70 people whose jobs were cut by the Saskatoon...... Read More
Sep
16

2016
The Saskatoon Health Region says about 70 people’s jobs will be “affected by sustainability plan measures” as it tries to keep its budget balanced. According to a news release issued late this afternoon by the health region, the eliminated positions will include unionized and non-unionized employees.  “We have made these decisions knowing how difficult this is for employees across our Region,” health region CEO Dan Florizone said in the release. “We built our sustainability plan on...... Read More
Aug
24

2016
The Next Up application deadline for Saskatoon is coming up September 19 and for Regina it is October 7. Target Audience: 18-32 year-olds who are committed to social and environmental justice. Looking to reach young Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people who have had fewer educational opportunities, and other equity-seeking groups. Spread the Word! Here are some ways you can help: 1) Talk to people directly about the program. People often...... Read More
Aug
23

2016
DAVIDSON — The loss of a full-time relief nursing position at the Davidson Health Centre last month was a blow, but it was more than that. For the remaining nurses, it was the last straw. “We’re just in crisis out here,” said registered nurse Lyndsay Cross, speaking to Davidson town council at its regular meeting Tuesday night. She and colleague Krista Alexander visited as a delegation to voice their concerns. Joining them was Audrey Hamm, who is both the senior registered nurse (RN) and...... Read More
Aug
18

2016
Dr. Glenn Donnelly RN, Associate Dean (Graduate Programs & Research) would like to announce a new Master of Nursing program. The new MN program is designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists. As stream of the advanced practice nursing program the Clinical Nurse Specialist has a high degree of clinical expertise, and play a leading role in developing and implementing clinical guidelines and protocols. They work with other health professionals in implementing evidence informed...... Read More
Jul
21

2016
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) presents case for making pharmacare a part of our complete Canadian public health care system at breakfast meeting in Whitehorse. Thursday July 21, 2016 (Whitehorse, YT) – Today the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) will host Canada’s premiers for a breakfast meeting entitled “Filling the Prescription – the Federal Role within a National Pharmacare Program” during the Council of the Federation meetings in Whitehorse, Yukon. The...... Read More
Jul
11

2016
Alberta's nurse practitioners say many new graduates are not finding jobs and they want a new funding model to address the situation. Nurse practitioners (NPs) have more training than RNs, allowing them to diagnose, order tests and prescribe drugs. Their services cost the province less than the same procedures billed to Alberta Health by doctors. But the president of the Alberta Association of Nurse Practitioners, Eric Lavoie, says NPs just aren't being used. "About 75 per cent of new...... Read More
Jul
06

2016
To better understand University of Regina political science professor Tom McIntosh’s severe apprehension about this province allowing private MRIs, perhaps it’s necessary to understand his historical view. Back in 2002, when he was serving as a key researcher for former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow’s Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, McIntosh was one of the few voices opposing this province referring Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) clients to private MRI clinics...... Read More
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