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May 17, 2016

RNU to Host Eastern Labour School 2016

St. John’s, NL – The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU) is proud to host Eastern Labour School 2016 from May 15-17 in St. John’s.

Approximately 325 Atlantic Canadian nurses, including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, will come together at Memorial University for two days of education that focuses on building strong nursing leadership and activism in the health care system.

“RNU is so pleased to host this incredible event,” said Debbie Forward, President of RNU. “It’s a valuable opportunity for Atlantic Canada’s nursing workforce to connect with one another and build new skills that help improve the workplace and the work lives of nurses. The nursing workforce is the backbone of health care and Eastern Labour School is an empowering learning experience that has a positive impact on health care systems here in Atlantic Canada.”

Eastern Labour School is a biennial event that provides delegates with a chance to partake in courses such as labour relations, workplace safety, duty to accommodate, workload, and communications and social media. It also hosts social activities and will include a Health Care Rally taking place 12:30 PM on Monday, May 16 at Confederation Building.

Labour school delegates includes nurses and nursing leaders from RNU, Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, New Brunswick Nurses’ Union, Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union and United Nurses of Alberta. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas will also attend.

“With over 300,000 nurses in Canada, it is critical that we recognize the need to build up a workforce that will speak up for patient safety and that will speak up for all nurses,” said Silas. “A fair, respectful health care sector benefits everyone including patients, families, the health care team and the taxpayer.”

RNU is looking forward to welcoming nurses to St. John’s for a successful labour school.

For More Information Contact:
Kristian Styles
RNU Communications Specialist