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RNUNL Reaches a Tentative Agreement

St. John’s, NL – The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU) has reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government and the four Regional Health Authorities. Debbie Forward, RNU President, commends the hard work of their negotiating team in establishing an agreement that addresses the priorities of the membership. The negotiating team is recommending acceptance. The tentative agreement includes

Canadians overwhelmingly support universal pharmacare: new poll

February 19, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – A national poll released today reveals that Canadians support a national universal prescription drug program, and they believe it is worthy of public investment. The poll comes as the federal government’s advisory council on the subject is due to release its final report in the coming weeks. “This poll

RNU Thanks Dedicated Bell Island RNs for 24-Hour Shifts

(St. John’s, NL) – The Registered Nurses’ Union of Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU) is commending the registered nurses of the Dr. Walter Templeman Health Care Centre on Bell Island for their dedicated service this past weekend (February 8 – 11) as inclement weather disrupted ferry service to the island. Regularly scheduled shift changes were not

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Meeting the Demand for Health Care in NL

I’m proud of the work Registered Nurses do every day to care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians – and I know you appreciate their work as well. Yet, over the last fifteen years, I have watched as our health care system has changed dramatically. We need registered nurses now more than ever…. … but are we

How can we afford more full-time RNs?

This week the provincial government released the 2018 Budget. It was no surprise our dire fiscal situation and high health spending were a focus of conversation. And they should be. We spend the highest per capita on health care in the country. But there is a way to immediately reduce health spending. It’s by adequately

It’s time for presumptive PTSD legislation

Registered nurses (RN) are constantly exposed to life and death situations and are witness to various other complex patient scenarios. This puts them at risk to develop work-related mental health symptoms such as burnout, compassion fatigue, and PTSD. The development of PTSD in RNs can be due to one single traumatic event, or the accumulation