Saskatchewan Union of Nurses http://sun-nurses.sk.ca Saskatchewan Union of Nurses en-us 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 Saskatoon, Regina among worst cities in Canada to be a woman: annual study http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=252 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=251 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=250 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=249 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=247 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 http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=248 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 VIDEO: CFNU Biennial Convention in Calgary http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=246 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... Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0600 Registered nurses sound alarm regarding Saskatchewan patients being put at risk http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=245 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... Tue, 02 May 2017 09:46:00 -0600 Saskatchewan Union of Nurses to meet in Regina for annual meeting http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=244 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.... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:17:00 -0600 Hundreds of Manitoba nurses rally against health-care cuts http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=243 Union representing 12,000 nurses fears closure of 3 ERs, cuts to WRHA will compromise quality of careHundreds 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... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:15:00 -0600 B.C. nurses face higher risk of workplace violence than law enforcement http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=241 As front-line workers, nurses serve many roles in the health care systemthey'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,"... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:33:00 -0600 Losing Hospital Home Team a 'front-line' cut: Nurses Union http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=242 Staff worried about what will happen to chronically ill patients when funding expires, says union presidentNurses 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... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:38:00 -0600 Lack of staff, baths a concern in long-term care homes in Saskatchewan http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/communications/news-events/news/item/?n=240 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... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:06:00 -0600