Welcome to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses!
Congratulations! You've joined more than 10,000 registered nurses in Saskatchewan who are members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN).
New SUN Members
What is SUN?
SUN is a trade union established in 1974 under the Saskatchewan Trade Union Act. SUN represents more than 10,000 Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner)s (RN(NP)s), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) and graduates employed in rural and urban:
- acute care hospitals;
- long-term care facilities;
- home care services;
- integrated facilities;
- public and mental health services;
- schools; and,
- Canadian Blood Services offices.
SUN members work in a single discipline – registered nursing. They work in both preventative and treatment settings; they work alone and in teams. In all settings, SUN members must practice in accordance with standards set by the professional associations: the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS).
It is our goal to achieve safe and healthy practice environments for all SUN members. Under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, SUN is obligated to:
- bargain terms and conditions of employment for our members, and once in place, assist nurses in enforcing those conditions; and
- fairly represent every member in a grievance or rights arbitration in a manner that is not arbitrary, discriminatory or in bad faith.
Click here to view the "Your Union and You"* handbook for more helpful information on SUN and what we do for our members. *This handbook reflects the previous structure of the Saskatchewan healthcare system.
Collective Bargaining Agreements
SUN negotiates Collective Agreements on behalf of more than 10,000 Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) & Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioners (NP)s employed in a variety of settings.
Want to learn more about what the contract means? Click here to view the Contract Interpretation Page.
Link with your Local
SUN has nearly 200 Locals throughout Saskatchewan. Each Local acts as a branch of SUN Provincial, and is the first point of contact for members who need union support, have a question or want to get involved with SUN. Each Local has an executive lead by a Local President, who manages the work of the Local. Other members of the Local Executive are the Treasurer, the Vice President, the NAC Chair, Unit representative and the OH&S representative.
Have you met your Local President? Let us help you Link with your Local! Click here to email SUN, fill in the required fields and we will put you in touch with your Local President.
The novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic is an on-going challenge in Saskatchewan. The public and healthcare response is a fluid and developing situation, and SUN is working hard to keep members and the public informed on the issues affecting our members. For your convenience, we've created three pages to house important updates and resources on COVID-19. They are:
- Questions and Answers on COVID-19: Important questions members are asking when they contact SUN's Duty Roster, and the answers they need to know, collected by our Employment Relations Officers and Nurse Practice Officers. This Q&A document is frequently updated to provide members with the most current information possible.
- COVID-19 Updates: New COVID-19 information from Saskatchewan, Canada and the world is regularly posted on this page. We watch closely for information that will impact SUN members and their communities, and update this page often.
- COVID-19 Resources: Registered nurses know the value of research, so we've done the legwork! Here you will find excellent sources of COVID-19 information, including the Government of Saskatchewan's website: saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
CONGRATULATIONS on choosing a career in registered nursing!
When people think of registered nurses, words like “caring” and “compassionate” often come to mind. Nurses are known for their innate and unique qualities -- qualities that cannot be learned in a classroom. However, registered nursing is also a science.
The knowledge and skills registered nurses possess have been acquired through extensive education and clinical experience, and truly do make the difference in life or death situations.
Your career as a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), or Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) (RN(NP)) will be challenging, rewarding and empowering. The nursing profession is dynamic, innovative and stimulating. Few professions offer as many choices of where to work or areas of specialization. You have chosen a career with possibilities around the world.
As providers of expert care in our public health care system, every day registered nurses make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. The over 10,000 SUN members are honoured to stand beside you and guide you through this journey as you begin your career.
Download our quick resource guide to assist you in starting your career following graduation.
SUN is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to nursing students. Click here to learn about each scholarship and determine if you are eligible to apply.