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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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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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November 7, 2023
Council of the Federation Media Release

Nurses urge premiers to stay focused on solving the nationwide nursing shortage

Silas: Nurses and patients need to see action that matches the urgency of this crisis. November 7, 2023 (OTTAWA, ON) – “Premiers can not lose sight of just how critically important tackling the nationwide nursing shortage is to bringing Canada out of this health care crisis,” warned Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of […]

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October 19, 2023
Media Release

New report highlights pan-Canadian need for safe staffing to protect patient safety

Silas: To protect patient safety, we need to better retain nurses. October 19, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – Amidst chronic staffing shortages, hospital inpatient units across Canada have seen a rise in the rate of unintentional harm to patients for the third year in a row, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). At […]

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October 13, 2023
Health Human Resources Media Release

CFNU encouraged by health ministers’ commitment to retain and support nurses

Silas: Health ministers heard our message loud and clear – we must stop spending money on costly private staffing and invest in committed, permanent nurses. October 13, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – Canada’s nurses unions are encouraged by governments’ collaborative commitments to bolster the health care workforce, following this week’s productive meetings in P.E.I. “Repairing our […]

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October 12, 2023
Health Human Resources Media Release

Canada’s nurses unions bring nursing shortage solutions to health ministers at policy briefing

Silas: Growing reliance on private staffing agencies and excessive hours of work are failing patients and nurses across Canada. October 12, 2023 (CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.) – Phasing out private nursing agencies and ensuring safe hours of work were the focus of today’s policy briefing between Canada’s union nurses and federal, provincial and territorial health ministers. “Relying […]

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October 11, 2023
Health Human Resources Media Release

Federal health minister and national nurse union leaders discuss critical strategies to end health crisis

Silas: Collaboration on retaining nurses is vital to all areas of care October 11, 2023 (CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.) – As the country’s health ministers hold critical meetings around the future of our public health systems, Canada’s nurses are urging all levels of government to fix the nursing shortage and end the crisis in care. That was the message […]

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October 6, 2023
Media Release

Union nurses across the globe meet to tackle global nursing shortage

Silas: Working in solidarity across borders, nurses are a global force for a healthier future. October 6, 2023 (CALIFORNIA, USA) – United around the fight for global health and social justice, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) joined union nurses from across the world for the 2023 Convention of Global Nurses United in California. […]

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September 18, 2023
Media Release Pharmacare

Passing pharmacare legislation must be top priority for returning parliamentarians

Silas: Canadians want pharmacare, but we need the full dose. September 18, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) along with allied health and labour organizations are calling on the federal government to ensure its impending pharmacare legislation works to establish a universal, comprehensive and public pharmacare program. This recommendation echoes […]

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September 14, 2023
Media Release

Canada’s nursing unions launch study on the impact of private nurse agencies

Silas: With skyrocketing costs and growing use, analysis of agency nurses is needed. September 14, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is launching a study to investigate the rising use of agency nurses across Canada and its implications on the health care system. “What started as a short-term measure to fill […]

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