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Jul
25

2017
More than a dozen nurses specializing in intravenous insertion and burn and trauma care at the Health Sciences Centre will be out of jobs this fall, says the union that represents nurses in Manitoba. "I am very concerned about the impact these changes are going to have on the people of Manitoba and I think we have to speak out," Sandi Mowat, president of the Manitoba Nurses' Union, told CBC News Monday. Mowat said two clinical nurse specialists — one each from the burn and trauma units at...... Read More
Jul
25

2017
SUN Statement: Very concerning. The decision to permanently close 38 long-term care beds in Regina’s largest nursing home, Pioneer Village, is of great concern to registered nurses. Given the current trends of an ageing population with increasing healthcare needs, coupled with the growing number of patients already waiting for a long-term care bed in hospitals, this decision is not in the best interest of patients. Many in the public may not know that currently a portion of...... Read More
Jul
25

2017
The care Butch Stokes received at the Medical Surveillance Unit at the Pasqua Hospital was nothing short of a miracle, says his wife. Incapacitated by chronic vomiting and diarrhea, Butch was at the emergency room twice and then admitted to a ward at the Pasqua Hospital for 16 days where doctors ran a gamut of tests. Still, they couldn’t determine why his condition continued to deteriorate. “I can’t say that his care wasn’t good in the other ward, but there is really no comparison,” Linda...... Read More
Jul
18

2017
Briefing entitled Access through Innovation: Maximizing Federal Mental Health Funding (EDMONTON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) co-hosted this morning a premiers’ breakfast briefing on mental health care with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Premier of Alberta as part of this week’s premiers’ summit in Edmonton. The briefing featured two speakers who have dedicated much of their careers to improving mental health care in Canada. Hon. Michael Kirby is...... Read More
Jul
18

2017
Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada (EDMONTON) Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all Canadians have access to life-saving medications, and to bring down the costs of the current increasingly out-of-control...... Read More
Jul
04

2017
Catch up on everything that happened when over 1,200 nurses gathered in Calgary, Alberta, as the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosted the 2017 Biennial Convention. It was an incredible week of solidarity, lively discussion and idea sharing as nurses from across Canada talked about the common challenges they face and how, with the support of their respective unions, they are working together to overcome these challenges. Topics impacting nurses, patients and communities ranging from...... Read More
May
02

2017
Video: http://globalnews.ca/news/3418794/registered-nurses-sound-alarm-regarding-saskatchewan-patients-being-put-at-risk/ Registered nurses are once again ringing alarm bells in regards to the state of health care in Saskatchewan. An overwhelming majority of RNs say they’ve been witness to a patient being put at risk because of short-staffing. Startling results the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) says were gathered after surveying close to 1,400 registered nurses. “Eighty-five per cent...... Read More
Apr
28

2017
The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says it is facing numerous challenges after a tough provincial budget on March 22nd. As their annual meeting takes place in Regina Thursday, the union says it is still looking for answers when it comes to the province’s new single health authority. Tracy Zambory, the President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says there have been situations where emergency rooms have been past full-capacity this year. “The system is at over-capacity,” said Zambory....... Read More
Apr
28

2017
Union representing 12,000 nurses fears closure of 3 ERs, cuts to WRHA will compromise quality of care Hundreds of nurses and other front-line workers rallied at the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday about cuts they say could "compromise safe patient care" in the province. "We want the government to put patients first and focus on making investments and improvements in health care," Manitoba Nurses Union president Sandi Mowat said in a statement. Protesters, including about 600...... Read More
Mar
21

2017
As front-line workers, nurses serve many roles in the health care system—they’re caretakers, educators, patient advocates and, increasingly, victims of violence. Although violence in the workplace is widespread, it’s much more pervasive in industries like health care, and nurses working in hospitals, long-term care facilities and out in the community often face dangerous working conditions. “Health care centres and hospitals used to be sanctuaries. They are not sanctuaries anymore,”...... Read More
Mar
20

2017
Staff worried about what will happen to chronically ill patients when funding expires, says union president Nurses are worried chronically ill patients being cared for by the Hospital Home Team are being left in the lurch.  Manitoba Nurses Union president Sandi Mowat says she found out through media reports this morning that the program is being cut with no notice. "I am not very happy about it. The members I represent feel strongly about this program. They are concerned and we are...... Read More
Feb
07

2017
REGINA — Staffing levels and a lack of baths are once again topping a list of concerns from residents of long-term care homes in  Saskatchewan . The issues are identified in reports compiled after health region CEOs toured seniors homes to see what’s working and what can be improved. Staffing levels were issues in nine health regions. Residents praised employees, but said they’re overworked. “Staff continue to feel overwhelmed with many initiatives and expectations,” said the report...... Read More
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