Saskatchewan Union of Nurses Saskatchewan Union of Nurses en-us Registered nurses bring Saskatchewans HIV crisis out of the shadows [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... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:45:00 -0600 SUN Response to Strom Appeal Decision 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 Committees 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 this does not... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:42:00 -0600 Violence an increasing cause of injuries to health-care workers in Saskatchewan "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,... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:05:00 -0600 Nova Scotia health-care unions seek strike vote 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. Its taken us two years to get here,... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:55:00 -0600 Nurses in crisis over overtime: union (Manitoba) 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... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:49:00 -0600 Medical students raise concerns about mental health crisis with MLAs 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... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:47:00 -0600 Womens March Canada 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... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:53:00 -0600 Workplace injuries in health care related to insufficient staff levels, unions say Two unions representing health sector workers in Saskatchewan are pointing to overwork as a root cause of absenteeism among its members.The president of one of the unions representing health care workers in Saskatchewan said she was not surprised by provincial auditor Judy Ferguson's findings about absenteeism in the health sector.On Tuesday, Ferguson released the second volume of her annual report, which tracked absenteeism in the Heartland Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:22:00 -0600 SUN troubled by Sask. employers' fear that paid days off for victims of violence could lead to hiring fewer women It's deeply troubling that some Saskatchewan employers view paid days off for victims of domestic violence as a deterrent to hiring women. This is unacceptable considering its often overwhelming physical psychological toll, not only on victims and their families, but on society as a whole. Domestic violence is an issue we need to combat together by taking action at all levels. As individuals, neighbors, friends, family, communities, government, and even employers, we must all work together... Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:44:00 -0600 World AIDS Day: A Public Health Emergency in Saskatchewan Today is World AIDS Day and sadly Saskatchewan has the highest rate of HIV infection in Canada, with 2,091 cases reported between 1985 and 2016. The number of new cases in Saskatchewan is almost triple the national average.We need a solid strategy to turn the tides on this public health emergency, that includes improved funding and resources that can be dedicated to population education, fighting discrimination, enhanced testing and most importantly better access to antiretroviral... Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:56:00 -0600 National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women in Canada Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent and devastating human rights violations in our world.December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991, this day commemorates the 1989 murders of 14 female engineering students at Montreal's lcole Polytechnique. They were targeted and died because they were women.This day is about remembering the victims of gender-based violence. It's about acknowledging and... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0600 2017 Health Innovation Summit: Inspiring Tomorrows Healthcare Media Release For Immediate Release Regina, November 15, 2017: Sparking innovative thinking to improve how Saskatchewan's patients experience their health system is uniting over 320, community and health leaders, frontline care providers, patients, educators, students and technology entrepreneurs at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina today.Inspired by the imminent move from 12 provincial health regions to a single health authority on December 4, 2017, the 2017 Health... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:45:00 -0600 Edmonton, SUN joins CFNU in hosting health minister's breakfast on home care SUN president, Tracy Zambory, RN, joined nursing leaders from across Canada in Edmonton yesterday in hosting the CFNU Safe Model for Home Care breakfast for provincial and territorial health ministers. It was great to see Saskatchewans Hon. Jim Reiter, Minister of Health and Hon. Greg Ottenbreit, Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health, in attendance.Canada needs a safe-at- home policy and more nurses providing home care to address the risks patients and nurses face every... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:25:00 -0600 Royal University Hospital approved for temporary mental health assessment unit. "Saskatchewan's registered nurses welcome this announcement," says SUN President, Tracy Zambory. "When it comes to mental health and addictions we need bold action we need to chart a new path that recognizes mental illness for what it is; a long-term, public health battle that will require innovative ideas, persistence, investment and political will. This is most definitely a move in the right direction."This is an important step towards improving access to the essential care our... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:53:00 -0600 Saskatoon, Regina among worst cities in Canada to be a woman: annual study A new study suggests Saskatoon and Regina remain two of the worst cities in Canada to be a woman"Speaking on behalf of a traditionally female-dominated profession, and as a committed feminist, I am disappointed to see Saskatchewan's major cities featuring so low down on rankings such as womens access to personal and economic security, education and health. These things really are all fundamental human rights and not just women's rights. In truth though, I'd like to a see a Saskatchewan... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:41:00 -0600 WRHA cuts nurses from trauma, burn, IV units at Health Sciences Centre 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... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:31:00 -0600 38 beds lost at Regina long-term care home 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... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:16:00 -0600 Pasqua Hospital's Medical Surveillance Unit a lifesaver for Regina man 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... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Premiers gather with nurses unions & Mental Health Commission for health briefing 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... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:15:00 -0600 Canada's Labour Leaders to the Premiers: Canadians Need Life-Saving Pharmacare Plan 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... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:10:00 -0600