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May 3, 2024
National Nursing Week

National Nursing Week message from CFNU President Linda Silas

Your nurses’ unions are raising the bar! Dear members, I know for too many, celebrating Nursing Week feels out of the question. It is hard to celebrate while working doubly hard, pushing your limits and caring for more and more patients without adequate support. Your strength is commendable, but I know you cannot continue to […]

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April 16, 2024
Federal Budget Media Release

Budget 2024 brings healthy wins but falls short on fairness for nurses and patients

Silas: Federal leadership needed to make nursing jobs the best in our communities April 16, 2024 (Ottawa, ON) – Canada’s nurses are encouraged by the federal government’s commitments in Budget 2024 to invest in healthy communities, including a national school food program, housing initiatives and pushing forward pharmacare implementation. “Health is connected to every facet […]

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April 5, 2024
Blog Retention

By nurses, for nurses: Nursing Retention Toolkit talk with Dr. Leigh Chapman, Canada’s Chief Nursing Officer

An RN of more than 20 years, Dr. Leigh Chapman knows how powerful nurses’ work and leadership truly are. Now Canada’s Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Chapman has long been a strong advocate for harm reduction and social justice. During the early years of COVID-19, she headed a new nursing program to support people experiencing homelessness with Inner […]

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March 22, 2024
Long-term care Safe Staffing Statement

Statement on new provincial continuing care regulations in Alberta

Silas: Standards of care are needed to protect patients and residents. Canada’s nurses echo the concerns raised by the United Nurses of Alberta on new provincial continuing care regulations. “As many jurisdictions are moving towards models of nurse-patient ratios aimed at improving patient care and retaining nurses, what we seem to be seeing in Alberta […]

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March 14, 2024
Media Release

Crushing overcapacity pressures threaten to worsen nursing shortage and patient safety

Silas: Safe nurse-patient ratios critically needed to bring down the pressure and protect patient care March 14, 2024 (Ottawa, ON) – Persistent staffing shortages have left nurses bearing the crushing weight of overcapacity health care systems across the country. Nurses are chronically working without sufficient resources, with seven in 10 nurses reporting workplaces that are […]

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March 13, 2024
Media Release

The CFNU joins FIQ at March 16 rally “It has to move!”

Silas: Together, we’ll make it clear, “L’union fait la force!” March 13, 2024 (Ottawa, ON) – “Nurses and health care workers across the world are working under dire conditions that compromise their own health and jeopardize patient safety. Quebec is no exception,” explained Linda Silas, President of the 250,000-member-strong Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). […]

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February 29, 2024
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses unions celebrate introduction of national pharmacare program

Silas: If implemented correctly, the foundation laid today will save countless lives. February 29, 2024 (Ottawa, ON) – “Nurses and health care workers have long called for a national pharmacare program to ensure everyone in Canada has access to the medication they need. Today we celebrate a victory that has been years in the making,” […]

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February 28, 2024
Pharmacare Statement

‘Finally, our government is getting the prescription right’ – CFNU President Linda Silas

Statement on upcoming pharmacare legislation Together, we’re making history. The Liberals and NDP are set to introduce legislation that lays the foundation for a national pharmacare program. This is our win. For nurses, patients and everyone in Canada. After nearly 40 years of nurses’ and health care workers’ tireless advocacy, our governments are finally getting […]

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January 11, 2024

Statement on the passing of Ed Broadbent

It is with great sorrow that the members of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions mark the passing of Ed Broadbent. Ed was a giant to us all. He was a tireless fighter for a better and more compassionate Canada. As a politician and party leader, he advocated for universal health care, trade union rights, […]

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January 11, 2024
Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

Heart disease, drowsy driving and patient safety: new study reveals grim impact of nurse fatigue

Silas: With nurses working longer hours than ever before, we must proactively address nurse fatigue. January 11, 2024 (Ottawa, ON) – A new report from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) sheds light on the dire impact excessively long working hours have on nurses and their patients. Released today, Safe Hours Save Lives reveals […]

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