Registered Nurses Rally for Better Patient Care and Safer Staffing


St. John’s, NL –  As part of its 26th Biennial Convention, the Registered Nurses’ Union (RNU) is holding a rally and march in the capital city. Over 230 registered nurses and nursing students will gather at 12:15 p.m. in front of the Sheraton Hotel and march to Harbourside Park.


This rally is meant to shine a bright light on the dangerous RN staffing practices that are putting RNs and patients at risk.


Along the route, RNU President Debbie Forward will place a wreath at a monument for Ethel Dickinson, a volunteer nurse who tended to wounded Newfoundland soldiers during WWI.  Ethel later gave her life treating victims of the 1918 Spanish flu. The building next door to Harbourside Park was once an emergency hospital. This is where Ethel treated patients and where she died herself.


Like Ethel, RNs continue to put our patients first. It’s time to improve RN staffing.


What: Rally for Safe Staffing & Patient Care 


Why: To raise awareness around patient care and staffing issues in NL; to honor Ethel Dickinson


When: Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 p.m.


Where: Sheraton Hotel, Cavendish Square