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June 29, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release

CFNU releases book about nurses' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

June 29, 2022 (OTTAWA) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has published a book which recounts the experiences of more than 25 nurses from across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book, entitled Nurses’ Voices: Stories of courage and determination in the face of COVID-19 (PDF, 12 MB), provides an inside look at how […]

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June 1, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Frontline nurses: address staffing crisis to stop health system breakdown

Nurses propose innovative solutions to protect patient care and address nursing shortages. June 1, 2022 (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON) – Canada’s nurses wrapped up a national summit on the staffing crisis facing nurses, with an agreement to push federal and provincial governments to support a series of nurse-developed proposals. These proposals would begin solving the dire staffing shortages now […]

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May 30, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Frontline nurses hold national summit on critical staffing shortages

Linda Silas: Nurses stepped up to support Canada through the pandemic. Now governments must step up to support nurses. May 30, 2022 (NIAGARA, ON) – Representatives of frontline nurses gather this week to work on solutions to the dire health human resource crisis that has been driving nurses out of the profession. The three-day National Summit brings […]

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May 12, 2022
Media Release National Nursing Week

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions pays tribute to nurses’ perseverance with touching artwork

May 12, 2022 (OTTAWA) – This National Nurses’ Week, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is celebrating the determination and perseverance of nurses who, for more than two years, have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a tribute to their herculean efforts, the organization is unveiling a painting it commissioned from Canadian […]

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May 4, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nurses Week Nursing Shortage

Nurse Union leaders from across Canada meet with Minister Jean-Yves Duclos

On the agenda: solving the crisis facing our country’s largest workforce OTTAWA—In the days ahead of International Nurses Day, focused on investing in and respecting nurses, leaders from nurses’ unions across the country are coming together to advocate for sustainable solutions to address the nursing shortage. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is hosting […]

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April 7, 2022
Budget 2022 Health Human Resources Media Release

Silas: Budget 2022 fails to take steps to address the nursing crisis

April 7, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – With Canada’s health care system facing a dire crisis due to a shortage of nurses and health professionals, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) was sorely disappointed by a lack of concrete solutions in today’s budget. Linda Silas, president of the CFNU, said that with nurses and patients […]

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March 25, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage

Silas: Additional funding marks step in the right direction

Canada’s nurses are applauding today’s announcement of an additional $2 billion in health care funding. Just days after the announcement of a Liberal-NDP agreement, nurses can already see a palpable shift in priorities and an earnest desire to safeguard Canada’s health care system. “Throughout this pandemic, we’ve often spoken about the patients who were directly […]

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March 15, 2022
Media Release Nursing Shortage

Now more than ever, nurses need to be united

March 15, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is pleased to announce that it is immediately working to welcome the British Columbia Nurses’ Union back into its ranks. “The past two years have been tremendously difficult for everyone, but the pandemic has certainly underscored the importance of community and family,” said Linda […]

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March 9, 2022
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses mark pandemic anniversary with our public health system still in crisis

Silas: “After two years of pandemic, health care workers don’t need sympathy, we need concrete, lasting solutions to dire health worker shortages.” March 9, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – March 11 marks two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. For Canada’s nurses, this marks two years of hollow praise from governments while continually being […]

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February 16, 2022
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

CODE BLUE: CFNU President Linda Silas tells Health Committee Canada Has a Critical Nurse Shortage

February 16, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses delivered a stark message to MPs today: Our public health systems are in crisis. At the heart of this crisis is a dire shortage of nurses and other critical health professionals. “Canada’s nurses are sounding the alarm. This is Code Blue. If we don’t act now, we risk suffering […]

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