Saskatchewan Union of Nurses http://sun-nurses.sk.ca Saskatchewan Union of Nurses en-us Canadas nursing workforce experiences slowest growth in a decade http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=273 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. ... Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:18:00 -0600 Mental Health Week 2018 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=272 "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 PresidentThis 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... Tue, 08 May 2018 09:40:00 -0600 Mental Health Week launched in North Battleford http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=271 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 its 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... Tue, 08 May 2018 09:15:00 -0600 Registered nurses are making the difference in rural and remote areas of Saskatchewan http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=270 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... Mon, 07 May 2018 09:46:00 -0600 Saskatchewan has opportunity to lead the world: SUN President http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=269 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... Mon, 07 May 2018 09:02:00 -0600 Body Count: The human cost of financial barriers to prescription medications http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=268 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... Tue, 01 May 2018 09:22:00 -0600 Registered nurses bring Saskatchewans HIV crisis out of the shadows http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=267 [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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=266 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=265 "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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=264 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) http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=262 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=261 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=260 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=259 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=258 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=257 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=256 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=255 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=254 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. http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=253 "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