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Dec
06

2016
For students who have hearing issues, school can be difficult at times. On Thursday, Quota International of Weyburn along with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) helped to remedy that. A $10,000 grant from SUN and an additional $2,700 from Quota will see ten multi-functional FM hearing systems placed in classrooms around Weyburn. Seven will be installed at the Weyburn Comprehensive School, with the additional three at Souris, Queen Elizabeth and Haig elementary schools. "At any one...... Read More
Oct
03

2016
I write this with tears in my eyes. I saw in the news last week that the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, which gets its money from the government of Brad Wall, has decided to cut 20 on-the-floor jobs from mental health. It’s decided this even though “Saskatchewan is already the province in last place for percentage of health budget allocated to mental health” — according to the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Yet Keith Dewar, CEO...... Read More
Oct
03

2016
As per SUN’s Bylaws,  SUN District Council’s shall hold an annual meeting with members in the District between Sept 1st and Oct 31st of each calendar year. The SDC Grant Application deadline is October 31st. Eligibility to receive the annual grant is contingent on the submission of the following: Bank statement and bank reconciliation for the fiscal year ending Sept 30. Treasurers report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year – as presented to your annual meeting Minutes from the 2016 SDC...... Read More
Sep
29

2016
[NewsTalk 980 CJME]  Saskatchewan's nurses' union is concerned as 20 people are being laid off from the mental health unit at Regina's General Hospital. According to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), 20 people are being laid off from the unit – 11 of which are Registered Nurses, and the majority of those are Registered Psychiatric Nurses. The union didn't know when the layoffs would happen. "We know that when you start moving registered nurses out of the system there is a very high...... Read More
Sep
29

2016
[Leader Post] Twenty staff on the adult mental health unit at Regina General Hospital — including seven registered psychiatric nurses — will be receiving layoff notices. The layoffs are a result of an audit done to align staffing with the needs of the unit, said Keith Dewar, CEO of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. To more effectively use resources, staff will work eight-hour shifts instead of 12-hour shifts. “Our expectation will be that will lead to a decrease in overtime as we work...... Read More
Sep
28

2016
[CTV Regina]  The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says patient care could suffer as jobs are cut in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, specifically in mental health. A memo provided to nurses by the health region says a review found the mental-health services at Regina General Hospital had too many positions and "continuing to operate this way is not sustainable." It says 20 employees will be laid off. The union says 11 of those employees are registered nurses and the majority are...... Read More
Sep
28

2016
[Global Regina]  The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses is raising concerns about patient care as jobs are cut in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. The union says 20 employees are losing their jobs, including 11 registered nurses and the majority are registered psychiatric nurses. A memo provided to nurses by the health region specifically says a review found the mental health services unit at Regina General Hospital had too many positions and it said operating this way is not...... Read More
Sep
28

2016
Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region previously announced they were anticipating job losses Twenty people are losing their jobs with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, according to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). Earlier this month, officials from the health region announced they were anticipating job losses, but they were not sure exactly how many people would receive a layoff notice. On Tuesday, SUN told CBC it would be 20 workers.  According to SUN, the layoffs would...... Read More
Sep
28

2016
On behalf of SUN’s Board of Directors, almost 10,000 registered nurses in Saskatchewan and the people of the province, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) has submitted their response to the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure on September 26, 2016. As the single largest group of direct patient care providers in the system, SUN believes the province’s frontline registered nursing workforce offers a unique perspective on the potential challenges and opportunities that may be...... Read More
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