Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union president Debbie Forward reacts Tuesday to the announcement of cuts equivalent to approximately 550 full-time positions at Eastern Health. Forward said her biggest concern is nurses may be expected to do more with less, increasing an already heavy workload. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
More than 250 registered nurses and nursing students from across the province are in St. John’s today to kick off the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union’s (NLNU) 23rd biennial convention.
The four-day event is being held at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.
Under the theme “Proud to be Registered Nurses,” delegates will participate in education and business sessions and hear an update from the Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions President Linda Silas.
Delegates will also gather at Confederation Building Thursday for a rally on safe staffing and safe patient care.
“Registered nurses bring unique skills and knowledge to the health-care system,” Debbie Forward, NLNU president said in a news release. “They provide an expert level of care and have a direct and positive impact on the quality of our health-care system. This week, we will come together to examine challenges and opportunities facing our union and profession. One area, in particular, that we will focus on is safe staffing and safe patient care.”
A highlight of convention will be an address by award-winning journalist and author Suzanne Gordon, who will speak on the value of registered nurses. Gordon is the author of 15 books and has written for the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Star.
On Wednesday, Lee Pitts, journalist with CBC television and radio, will moderate a panel on international nursing. Highlighting the experience of four NLNU members, the panel will explore the role of registered nurses and unions in supporting nursing around the globe.