WINNIPEG: (June 17, 2011) -- More than 800 nurses from across Canada head home today as the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) 30th Anniversary Biennial Convention successfully concludes, following a full week of education and business sessions in host city Winnipeg.
“This week brought nursing leaders together from across our country,” said Linda Silas, CFNU president. “I am proud of the work we accomplished in setting CFNU’s direction forward in advancing nursing and patient care, and for nurses’ incredible show of solidarity for striking Air Canada and Canada Post workers. Nurses walked the picket lines, shoulder to shoulder, with CAW and CUPW workers as they continued their fight for fair and equitable collective agreements.”
A number of resolutions were approved by the assembly during convention, including resolutions addressing nurse fatigue, models of care, and the role of the RN. In support of the care of seniors, the assembly also passed a resolution to organize a national conference on the care of Canada’s seniors and vulnerable populations.
“Our long-term care system is failing to provide the basic needs deserving of every Canadian,” said Silas. “Action must be taken to protect and care for our seniors and vulnerable populations because, quite simply, status quo is not an option. We have been calling on the federal government to have a national discussion on the care of our seniors and today we passed a resolution that will move this work forward.”
A resolution was also passed in support of Jordan’s Principle, a national campaign created in memory of five-year-old Jordan River Anderson, who passed away in hospital because the province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada could not agree on who should pay for his home care.
Through this resolution, CFNU will support the provincial/territorial and federal adoption of a child-first principle, which will set the needs of the child as first priority over payment and jurisdictional disputes.
Other convention highlights included an announcement by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to provide permanent funding for Manitoba’s Research to Action initiative and the release of a National Patients’ Report Card on Nurses, which shows Canadians overwhelmingly approve of the work nurses are doing and are aware of the nursing shortage.
Full convention highlights are available on the CFNU website at www.nursesunions.ca.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, which is celebrating 30 years this year, represents 176,000 nurses across Canada.
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