Newswire

Jun
25

2018
The SFL Convention is set for October 24-27 in Regina at the Queensbury Convention Centre. All SUN delegates attending the Convention must be registered by SUN Provincial in order to receive their credentials. SUN members interested in attending the SFL Convention must apply through SUN Provincial, using the online application form, by noon on July 13; the selection and allocation of funded seats to attend the Convention, is outlined below. DELEGATE...... Read More
Jun
21

2018
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It’s also a day for all of us to reflect on the goals of Truth and Reconciliation and what small changes we can begin to make in our daily lives to become better allies and deepen our relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Resources: 10 simple actions YOU can take to learn more about...... Read More
Jun
15

2018
While it is positive news that Canada’s nursing workforce continued to grow from 2016 to 2017 according the latest data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), it is concerning this past year experienced the slowest growth in 10 years. Given our growing and ageing population’s increasing healthcare needs this slowdown is a notable shift worth monitoring. Of greatest concern, however, is the marked decline in Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) working in the province. ...... Read More
May
08

2018
“We’ve all watched a loved one or someone we deeply care about suffer the pain of mental illness. We know how helpless it makes us feel. It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s no shame in battling mental illness or need to suffer in silence. Let’s break through stigmas, there is help out there,” Tracy Zambory, RN, SUN President This week is Mental Health Week. Set some time aside to learn more. Discover how mental health is just as important as physical health, find out how to check in on...... Read More
May
08

2018
Representatives from the City of North Battleford joined the Battlefords Canadian Mental Health Association and other supporters to proclaim Mental Health Week at a ceremony outside City Hall Monday.  The city raised the CMHA flag as a youth drumming group from Poundmaker First Nation performed to honour the occasion. Mayor Ryan Bater said it's important to have a week focusing on mental health to bring attention to the important issue. "It raises awareness of mental illness and it raises...... Read More
May
07

2018
Saskatchewan’s registered nurses (RNs) are utilizing their diverse skill sets to help address some of the unique health care challenges faced by people in rural and remote areas of the province. Nearly one in three Saskatchewan residents live in rural and remote areas and face certain barriers to receiving quality health care. Some communities have access to a physician only a few days a month, experience difficulties in obtaining key health care services such as diagnostic testing or...... Read More
May
07

2018
The land where Medicare was born is now at a crossroads, according to the head of the union representing Saskatchewan’s 10,000 registered nurses, and nurses can point the way. Saskatchewan is poised to once again lead the world in health care, says Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). “Right now we are in the most unknown territory that we’ve ever been in in health care in this province,” she says. “Right now we have the opportunity to build the best health...... Read More
May
01

2018
OTTAWA, May 1, 2018 – Canada’s nurses unveiled a new study today – the first of its kind in Canada – that reveals the number of people in Canada who die or fall ill because prescription medications are unaffordable. The study, entitled Body Count, confirms that shortfalls in prescription drug coverage result in daily deaths and illness among people with treatable conditions, adding urgency to recent calls for the implementation of a universal pharmacare plan. “We’ve known for years that...... Read More
Apr
26

2018
[Moose Jaw, SK] Today, Saskatchewan’s registered nurses are shining a spotlight on the province’s HIV epidemic with the premiere of a 12-minute documentary to almost 500 delegates at the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses’ (SUN) annual meeting in Moose Jaw. With a staggering new infections rate of more than two times the Canadian national average and an 800 per cent increase in 2016 in the most severely impacted area, “On the Frontlines of the HIV Crisis” documents the tremendous burden of...... Read More
Apr
12

2018
As the provincial union representing more than 10,000 front-line registered nurses in Saskatchewan, we are in a state of disbelief regarding Justice Currie of the Saskatchewan Court of the Queen’s Bench’s decision to uphold the SRNA Discipline Committee's verdict concerning the Carolyn Strom case. While our organization and legal team still need time for an in-depth review of the judgment, our initial reaction to this decision is one of shock and disappointment. We believe t his does not...... Read More
Mar
23

2018
“To have safe patient care, we need a safe workforce.” Sandra Cripps, CEO, Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Healthcare (SASWH). We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. SUN is proud member of SASWH and the Provincial Violence Prevention Framework/Strategy Steering Committee, led by SASWH, who are tasked with developing and implementing tools and strategies to reduce violence and acts of aggression in Saskatchewan’s health care sector. Ensuring the proper tools, education,...... Read More
Mar
22

2018
Thousands of Nova Scotia health-care workers, including lab technologists, in-hospital paramedics and child psychologists, could be walking off the job soon. The health-care bargaining unit, which is made up of members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, CUPE, Unifor and the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, sent a message to its members Wednesday with the intention of seeking a strike vote. "This is a regular part of bargaining for us. It's taken us two years to get here,...... Read More
Mar
22

2018
Mandatory overtime has reached a crisis level for nurses at St. Boniface Hospital and workers in the program that cares for women and babies are bearing the brunt of it, the Manitoba Nurses Union says. There have been as many incidents of mandatory overtime at the Winnipeg facility reported so far this year — 328 — as there were in all of 2017, said union president Sandi Mowat. Most of them — 186 — were reported by nurses working in labour, delivery, recovery and the postpartum unit. "The...... Read More
Mar
21

2018
The province’s future physicians made rounds at the Legislative Building on Tuesday to raise concerns about Saskatchewan’s mental health crisis.  “The word crisis is not something to be thrown around, but I think it’s appropriate in this case,” said Alison White, chair of the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee with the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan (SMSS). White recalled being at a Saskatoon outpatient psychiatric clinic when a youth who had waited a year for an...... Read More
Jan
12

2018
On January 20, 2018 SUN will march in solidarity with women and human rights groups across Canada and the world to show there is still so much work to do to protect and advance the rights of women everywhere. SUN is a proud supporter of Women’s March Canada. As a union we know that when we work together and speak with one voice we become a powerful force for a better world. “I’m marching on January 20th because in 2018, women in my Saskatchewan, and my Canada, should not still be fighting...... Read More