Newswire

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
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