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May 29, 2020
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Open letter to PM Trudeau from Canada's Nurses: Urgent Call for Action to Protect Canada’s Seniors

Click here for PDF of the letter signed by Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and presidents of 8 provincial nurses’ unions (CFNU members). Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Like you and millions across our country, Canada’s nurses were appalled by the findings of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the course […]

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May 13, 2020
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Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness

MEDIA RELEASE: Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As part of National Nursing Week, Canada’s nurses will welcome members of parliament, senators and health care stakeholders to a virtual event focused on infectious disease preparedness and response. The event aims to build awareness of […]

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May 13, 2020
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Canada’s nurses mourn death of London nurse from COVID-19

Media Statement May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses unions across Canada are devastated to learn that nurse Brian Beattie has died of COVID-19. Brian was a dedicated registered nurse who worked at Kensington Village, a long-term care home in London, Ontario. He was a member of the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Canadian Federation […]

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May 1, 2020
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In Memoriam: Canada’s Health Care Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Updated on May 22, 2020 Across the globe, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic do essential work caring for patients but all too often put themselves at risk of infection. Join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in remembering and honouring the lives of all Canada’s health care workers who […]

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April 24, 2020
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Supporting your mental health during COVID-19

COVID-19 has catapulted us into strange and unprecedented times. Like all Canadians, health care workers have had their way of life turned upside down; we are all learning to adapt to a new way of life. The nature of our work has also changed dramatically. Not only are we on the front lines of this […]

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April 22, 2020
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COVID-19 – the Right to Know, the Right to Participate and the Right to Refuse – Every Workers’ Right, Including Health Care Workers

As the COVID-19 crisis in Canada deepens, the CFNU reaffirms to every health care employer that basic workers’ rights that are protected in provincial health and safety laws across Canada also exist for nurses and for all health care workers. They include: 1. The Right to Know ensures health care workers are told about the […]

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April 17, 2020
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The Need for Transparency Regarding the PPE to Protect Health Care Workers

The SARS Commission — formed by the province of Ontario after the 2003 SARS outbreak – recommended a precautionary approach be taken during pandemics: that is, recognizing the fact that when a new infectious disease is identified, there is uncertainty about how it is transmitted, and thus health care workers need to wear the most […]

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April 10, 2020
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Linda’s long weekend message for health care workers

Dear friend, In only a few short weeks, our world has changed. When I first heard about the novel coronavirus last fall I could not have predicted its spread and the global response, as it would be unprecedented in my lifetime. In late February, when I first met with federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu to discuss COVID-19 […]

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April 8, 2020
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Pregnant Health Care Workers Should Not Be Forced to Work in COVID-19 ‘Hot Zones’

There isn’t enough evidence to predict whether COVID-19 will have an impact on pregnant health care workers, or whether they are at greater risk of infection and severe morbidity, but with respect to pregnant workers employers should err on the side of compassion, and focus on alleviating the anxiety of workers and any potential health […]

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April 8, 2020
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Provision and Laundering of Uniforms for Nurses Providing Care to COVID-19 Patients

Across Canada some employers have agreed to provide and launder uniforms for staff in designated areas caring for COVID-19 patients. These agreements acknowledge the potential for uniforms to become contaminated by close contact and direct care of COVID-19 patients, and by exposure to the patient or patients’ environment in designated COVID-19 areas. Nurses and all […]

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