Position Statements

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Mandatory Influenza Immunization of Nurses  “Supported by recent research evidence and rooted in the principles of ethics and human rights, the CFNU and our member organizations do not support coercive measures to increase immunization uptake in health care workers. Instead, our position supports the need for more comprehensive strategies that increase access to and education about influenza immunization,” says Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union. The CFNU recently released a position statement speaking out against policies and programs that mandate influenza immunization for health care workers. 2012-12-07 Download
Checklist for Strengthening Health Care in Canada Health care in Canada has been a public good for over 40 years. As a result, nurses and other health workers have been able to provide high quality care to the vast majority of the population and public health care expenditures have been maintained as a stable proportion of gross domestic product. Nurses in Canada stand firmly behind the public health care model enshrined in the Canada Health Act and are opposed to privatization in any form. 2012-10-11 Download
Gun Control Firearm-related injury and death is a significant public health and safety issue, and gun control is a mechanism for prevention. Tighter gun control restrictions were introduced in Canada in 1991, two years following the 1989 Montreal Massacre that galvanized Canadians, women in particular, to lobby for greater gun control. 2010-02-22 Download
Hospital Funding There is increasing discussion in health policy circles across the country about changing the way hospitals are funded. We believe that in a single-payer system, activity-based funding will drive up costs and transfer wait times for one procedure to another. 2009-04-01 Download
Internationally Educated Nurses In an attempt to address the chronic shortage of registered nurses in Canada, provincial governments and regional health authorities have embarked on aggressive international recruitment campaigns. 2009-03-13 Download
Hallway Nursing The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions supports the abolishment of hallway nursing. As members of the Quality Worklife – Quality Healthcare Collaborative (QWQHC), we reject the practice of hallway nursing because it contradicts the indicator of a healthy workplace defined as:A work setting that takes a strategic and comprehensive approach to providing the physical, cultural, psychosocial and work/job design conditions that maximize health and well-being of health care providers, quality of patient outcomes, and organizational performance. 2009-03-13 Download
Mandatory Overtime Mandatory overtime is a complex issue and a challenging one to address for several reasons. The inextricable link between mandatory overtime and professional practice and ethics makes this issue so important and at the same time so rarely addressed. Practically speaking, the consistency and clarity of language and definitions used to describe such circumstances also present a challenge due to variation across collective agreements. 2009-02-12 Download
Nurse-Patient Ratios Canada is faced both with a serious nursing shortage, which will worsen over the next few years, and ongoing problems related to the retention and recruitment of nurses. 2007-06-17 Download
Staffing for Pandemic Planning for a pandemic becomes more challenging given the lack of surge capacity within the system, resulting from the current shortage of nurses and other health care professionals, the known practices of working part time in more than one location, and overtime and absenteeism due to illness within the health system, which certainly increase during a pandemic. 2007-06-03 Download
Respect and Dignity The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions believes that all employees are entitled to work in an environment where everyone is treated equal and that is free from harassment. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. 2007-05-24 Download