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Relying on the experience of frontline nurses, the CFNU works with experts, academics and other health care stakeholders to produce evidence-based research and resources on current health care issues. CFNU’s research has focused on the need for a national pharmacare plan, the importance of safe staffing, health care financing, safe seniors’ care, intergenerational issues in the workplace and occupational health and safety issues.

The CFNU is the voice of frontline nurses, and through our research we advocate for quality workplace environments, safe quality patient care, and the importance of public health care.

The CFNU transforms research into policy and practice by advocating for evidence-based changes at the federal level and provincial level at the Council of the Federation.

CFNU’s research products include groundbreaking research reports, backgrounders, fact sheets and position statements.

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The Big Money Club tells the story of the outsized influence of ultra-rich actors in the pharmacare debate in Canada. These actors see dollar signs in the preservation of the current system and are funding a campaign to protect their profits. Though seemingly diverse, virtually all the opposition to pharmacare can be traced back to […]

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The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions commissioned Environics Research to conduct a national public opinion poll to determine attitudes towards national health care and prescription drug coverage issues. A total of 1,002 Canadians completed the online survey, which was conducted between January 9 and 21, 2019. The polling results confirm that Canadians want a national prescription […]

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Salary is often taken as the sole measure of the worth of an agreement. However, this can be greatly misleading, as many other elements in a collective agreement can dramatically impact the quality of nursing work. Typically, nursing unions in Canada have one agreement that represents the majority of nurses in the province (the provincial […]

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The CFNU pan-Canadian Nurse Practitioner Retention & Recruitment Project | 2017-2018 The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Pan-Canadian Nurse Practitioner (NP) Retention & Recruitment Project aims to improve NP working conditions to better retain and attract NPs and expand NP positions throughout the health care system. About three million Canadians receive care from an NP, […]

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Researched and written by the distinguished pharmaco-economist, Dr. Ruth Lopert, along with colleagues Elizabeth Docteur and Dr. Steve Morgan, this report reveals, for the first time, the estimated  body count, or yearly number of deaths and illnesses in Canada, for specific age cohorts and conditions, resulting from cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications.

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The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions released a research document in October 2017, demonstrating how investing in nursing budgets actually results in health systems savings and better patient outcomes.

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A nation-wide survey of Canadian home care and long-term care nurses identifies an overloaded system facing increasing demands and patient acuity.

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A new report from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) calls for safe nurse staffing levels to reduce the system’s reliance on both paid and unpaid overtime for nurses, which contribute to absenteeism, eroding the quality of patient care. The total cost of nurses’ overtime, combined with the cost of nurse absenteeism due to […]

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Over the past two decades, as nurses we have experienced an increase in violence in our workplaces. Every day we go to work knowing that we may be verbally or physically abused. Nurses in every health care sector are being punched, kicked, spat on and sworn at. It is time to speak up, and say […]

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In December 2016, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions released a new report titled: Down the Drain: How Canada Has Wasted $62 Billion Health Care Dollars Without Pharmacare, where noted economist Hugh Mackenzie calculates the disturbing amount Canada has wasted over the past 10 years by not implementing national pharmacare.   The report calculates the waste from […]

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