Registered Nurses Gather in St. John’s to Set Direction of RNU, Continue Call for Staffing Review

St. John’s, NL –Over 230 registered nurses (RN) and nursing students from across the province have come together in St. John’s for the Registered Nurses’ Union (RNU) 26th Biennial Convention. Hosted at the Sheraton Hotel from November 5-9, the biennial convention is the union’s most important business meeting.

“We are excited to have registered nurses and RNU leaders come together to set the priorities and direction of our union,” said Debbie Forward, President of RNU. “This week will include a Q&A with the Health Minister, education sessions, and plenty of discussion and debate on issues that surround health care, our union and our profession.”

RNU President Debbie Forward’s opening address will be broadcast via Facebook Live:

The convention theme is “Taking Care. Giving Care.”

“Giving care is what we do as RNs,” said Forward. “But to give our patients the care they need and deserve, we need healthier and safer workplaces. We need to address unrealistic workloads, high overtime, and sick leave. This week, we continue our call for a staffing review, as we know this is the way forward to safer staffing and better patient care.”

A rally for safe staffing and patient care will be held Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. at Harbourside Park.

Education sessions will focus on timely issues such as the psychological health and well-being of RNs, and diversity among RNU members and patients. On Tuesday, the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, will bring greetings and participate in a Q & A with RNs.  Also on the schedule are two business days to vote on constitutional amendments and resolutions.

The Registered Nurses’ Union represents more than 5,300 registered nurses working in acute care, long-term care, community, education and research.




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Karyn Whelan

Communication Specialist