As highly regulated, public-sector unionized front-line health-care providers, registered nurses are impacted by an enormous variety of news events, legislative and policy changes.

From outbreaks of infectious diseases to provincial and federal budgets, RNs are affected. ONA’s highly professional, highly educated front-line registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses and allied health professionals are engaged and knowledgeable about all the latest news and policy developments that impact the care they can provide for their patients.

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As the voice for Ontario’s front-line registered nurses, ONA is a reliable and knowledgeable source for information. ONA is frequently quoted on policy decisions and other news developments. See the latest ONA news below:

March 22: ONA President Vicki McKenna says that “violence against nurses and other health-care workers can no longer be considered part of the job” (MediaPlanet, March 22, 2018). McKenna was commenting on the Public Services Health & Safety Association’s (PSHSA) new toolkit meant to harness technology to improve workplace safety. “PSHSA has done a great job…to enable employers to assess risk and prevent further workplace violence,” said McKenna. “We applaud the progressive hospital CEOs who have already committed to using these tools.” The report notes that though the toolkits are meant for use in Ontario, two other provinces are currently testing them.

March 20: CBC Radio 1 Ottawa (March 20, 2018) reports that those participating in the rally against RN cuts at Arnprior Regional Health held placards reading: ‘Registered nurses save lives’ and ‘Patients need safe staffing levels now.’ CBC’s All in a Day talk show interviewed ONA Bargaining Unit President Blaine Davidson as well as ONA President Vicki McKenna about the situation. Davidson told CBC that “morale in the last six to eight months has been very poor…that fact that you show up to work and you realize that you’ve got to work short right from the beginning, you know that the patients aren’t going to get the care required.” He is called in to work overtime on half of his days off. McKenna says that an average RN works close to 2,000 hours per year, so the loss of three full-time RNs at Arnprior is the equivalent of 6,000 hours of front-line RN care lost per year. She notes that there is a great deal of research on the capacity issues in Ontario hospitals. As well, fewer RNs means more complications for patients. “You add additional patients, continuing to do that, over and over, then that is a very sad picture for Ontario.” McKenna says that the cost of caring for patients who suffer complications because there weren’t enough RNs caring for them outweighs the cost of staffing properly.

March 21: Close to 100 health-care staff raised their voices at a rally outside Arnprior Regional Health (Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, March 21, 2018) to protest low staffing and patient care levels. Ontario Nurses’ Association Bargaining Unit President Blaine Davidson says that he has seen many glaring holes in the schedule and shortages since the hospital cut three full-time RN jobs. He says, “I just want the public to know that nurses here feel we need more support and staff so we can provide the care that they deserve in this community. Over the year since I have been here, I have seen an ongoing decline of patient care due to the fact of nursing staff shortages.” ONA Regional Vice-President, Bernie Robinson, told the crowd the rally was a response to the three RN cuts. “I am calling on Arnprior Regional Health to rescind the RN cuts immediately,” she said to the crowd.

March 21: There is a long list of issues to face in Ontario’s health-care system, say many clinicians and patients (CBC News, March 21, 2018). While provincial party leaders have “teased at their respective game plans,” health experts have their own visions for health care that they would like to see endure past the next election cycle. Among the experts interviewed is Vicki McKenna, RN, Ontario Nurses’ Association President. McKenna told CBC News that “we need staffing numbers that are appropriate for the volume of patients that we care for. Not only is there no room [in our hospitals], but there’s not enough staff.”

March 20: Staff at Arnprior Regional Hospital are concerned about patient care and staff burnout following the cuts of three RNs last year (CBC News, March 20, 2018). Nurses and hospital staff rallied in front of the hospital yesterday, carrying signs that said “cuts don’t heal” and “increased workload+increased risk to patients.” Blaine Davison, RN, said “some of the patients may feel they’re still getting great care, but that’s on our backs. That’s because we’re working like dogs to maintain this level of care and we’re starting to burn out.” Nurses are concerned for their patients’ safety, their own well-being and are even concerned that should they make an error due to understaffing, they could lose their licence. The hospital has cut three full-time RN positions, and just recently advertised for six part-time RPN positions. Patrick Garbutt, who works in housekeeping, says the RPNs don’t have the same training as registered nurses and often can’t take care of more serious patients or those with complex medical needs.

March 20: Arnprior Today radio (March 20, 2018) reports that approximately 40 nurses and front-line staff rallied outside Arnprior Regional Hospital to protest staffing cuts. They note that reductions in the hospital’s in-patient unit have left the unit down three full-time nurses. Ontario Nurses’ Association Region 2 Vice-President Bernadette Robinson says the nursing layoffs are being addressed in the grievance process. The demonstrators want to call the public’s attention to how staff shortages can negatively impact patient care, and aggravate staff burnout.

March 16: Ontario Nurses’ Association manager of litigation, Sharan Basran, was a featured speaker on sexual harassment and discrimination recently at the Law Society of Ontario (The Lawyer’s Daily, March 16, 2018). The event was held in honour of International Women’s Day. Basran said parallels can be drawn between the entertainment industry and the legal profession, as in Hollywood, there was a “culture of silence” when women began to speak out. In the legal profession, Basran said she has witnessed retaliation against those who speak out in her own practice, and noted that this contributes to the fear of speaking up. “I’ve seen individuals file complaints and be terminated subsequent to filing a complaint. I’ve seen clients be terminated mid-investigation. So it’s a real fear and there are real power imbalances,” she said. She added that legal firms are still workplaces, so employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from harassment.

March 5: Time is running out for the passage of Dan’s Law – draft legislation named for Dan Duma, who died fighting for the right to receive home care before his death (Windsor Star, March 5, 2018). The bill received second reading in 2016 and was to be reviewed by the justice policy committee. However, it has ‘remained in purgatory ever since,” says Dr. Darren Cargill, Duma’s palliative care doctor. He is now urging people to contact new health minister Dr. Helena Jaczek to support the bill. Those already endorsing the bill include the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario Medical Association.

March 1: ONA is in conciliation talks with Ontario Nurses’ Association members in Sault Ste. Marie (CTV News, CJQM FM Radio, March 1, 2018). ONA represents 58 public health nurses with Algoma Public Health. The nurses have been without a contract since April 1 of last year, and serve a client base of more than 114,000 people in the District of Algoma.

March 1: Algoma public health nurses are entering conciliation talks (The Sault Star, March 1, 2018). The 58 Ontario Nurses’ Association members have been without a contract since April 1, 2017; they provide public health services to the Algoma District and are “dedicated to ensuring the best health for their communities, says ONA President Vicki McKenna. She notes that the nurses have experienced tremendous amounts of organizational turmoil and change over the past few years. ONA always prefers to reach a negotiated settlement, and she is urging the employer to come to conciliation prepared to offer a fair contract.

February 27: Algoma Public Health nurses are heading to conciliation tomorrow to try to avoid being forced out on strike (SooToday, February 27, 2018). ONA’s 58 members have been without a contract since April 1, 2017. ONA President Vicki McKenna says that the “dedicated and skilled nurses provide a full range of services to promote the health of our communities, prevent illness and injuries, and protect residents from communicable and infectious disease outbreaks.” They provide these services for approximately 114,094 residents in the District of Algoma. ONA has had four days of negotiations with the employer. McKenna says the nurses have “been through tremendous amounts of organizational turmoil and change over the past few years,” and she expects the employer to come prepared to offer a fair contract.

February 22: Late last year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour proposed extending presumptive PTSD legislation to thousands of Ontario nurses (Pembroke News, February 22, 2018). Currently, the legislation covers police officers, firefighters and paramedics. The Ontario Nurses’ Association says that the top-five triggers for PTSD in front-line nurses include the death of a child, violence at work, treating patients who resemble family or friends, death of injury of patients and heavy patient workloads. If the legislation passes, a nurse with a PTSD diagnosis would see an expedited claims process for WSIB benefits.

February 22: Unionized nurses at the Golden Manor have won a staffing dispute (Timmins Times, February 22, 2018). The Ontario Nurses’ Association Local 10 members went to arbitration regarding a bid by the home to save money by cutting nurses. The arbitrator sided with ONA – saying that the employer could not cut RNs and give their work to RPNs to save money. The employer argued that it was having difficulty recruiting enough RNs and that the current complement was costing too much money due to excessive overtime. ONA “was able to successfully argue against any change in the staffing language.” If Golden Manor posted more full-time positions, ONA argued, it would have an easier time recruiting RNs.

February 17: ONA, which represents RNs working in hospitals across the province, will meet with the Ontario Hospital Association at the end of February with an arbitrator (Broadcast News, February 17, 2018). Earlier this month, the nurses’ union walked away from the table after 10 days of talks and several days of mediation produced little progress towards a new deal.

February 15: York Regional public health nurses have a new two-year contract (CFTR AM, February 15, 2018). The Ontario Nurses’ Association members and the region have ratified the contract.

February 16: Public health nurses working for York region have a new two-year contract (Toronto Star, CFTR AM, February 16, 2018). The Ontario Nurses’ Association members and York Regional Council have approved the agreement, with a more than one-per-cent wage increase and an increase in benefits. The nurses had been working without a contract since March 31, 2017. ONA President Vicki McKenna said that one of the major concerns for the nurses was how many hours they were spending travelling to locations where they were assigned to work. York Region chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson said he offers his “continued thanks and praise to our nursing professionals for continued commitment to maintaining our high standards of service delivery, benefiting residents across York region.”

February 15: Ontario Nurses’ Association members have won a staffing dispute as a result of an arbitration award involving the City of Timmins (Timmins Daily Free Press, February 15, 2018). Golden Manor has been told it cannot reduce nurse staffing levels to save money. The City of Timmins was seeking to reduce the RN staffing guarantee and instead use RPNs to perform some of the work of the RNs. The city argues that it is having trouble recruiting RNs and that the RNs who are on staff are required to work excessive overtime. ONA was able to successfully argue that “the staffing levels at Golden Manor are well within the norms established by the comparator agreements and indeed are less stringent than some in allowing for reductions where funding is decreased.” ONA suggests that the city would have an easier time recruiting RNs if it posted more full-time positions, rather than part-time.

February 15: The Windsor Star (February 15, 2018) reports that an arbitration board has presented a new four-year contract to 26 registered nurses at Huron Lodge – that expires in 44 days. Ontario Nurses’ Association President Vicki McKenna says the situation is “absolutely unusual. It’s not unheard of but it’s unusual.” The contract runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31 of this year, and gives the nurses increases annually of 1.4 per cent. McKenna says that “we’re certainly pleased that they have a contract, but we’re right back into bargaining.” She says she hopes that the next round of bargaining won’t be a repeat of the last one. “We just can’t drag things on forever,” said McKenna. “Let’s not prolong this. Let’s get back to the table in the next round as quickly as possible to renew the collective agreement, so we don’t go through a process like this again.”

February 13: St. Elizabeth Home Care nurses are heading to conciliation on Wednesday (Thunder Bay NewsWatch, February 13, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna said the RNs and RPNs “provide expert, exceptional and compassionate care to an array of patients with both complex health issues and those with chronic conditions across this community.” ONA has been trying to negotiate a new contract since October, 2017. The employer has acknowledged that it has a nurse recruitment and retention problem, something ONA says could be solved by offering competitive wages and a wage grid, like others do.

February 5: A number of media outlets have reported that talks between ONA and the OHA have broken down (CTV News, CKVR TV, Global News Hour, CHML, CFPL AM, CJOY AM, AM 800, CJKX FM, CFCO AM, CFCO AM, CKTB, CBC Radio 1 Windsor, CFRA, CFTR, CKTB, CKNX, CJOY, CJKX, CKDO, CKLW, CHOK FM, CTV Morning Live, CFZM, Radio Canada, CHEX TV, February 5, 2018). The reports say that ONA reports that there was little meaningful progress made in reaching a new agreement, as the OHA is demanding concessions that would contribute to the shortage of nurses and directly impact patient care.

February 5: In an interview on the Rob Snow Show (CFRA AM, February 5, 2018), ONA President Vicki McKenna said that Ontario RNs working in hospitals are concerned more than anything about workload issues. Discussing the breakdown of negotiations with the Ontario Hospital Association, McKenna said that hospital nurses are usually working short-staffed and working excessive amounts of overtime while also trying to fulfill their professional standards to patients. McKenna says that the “real core issue is that there isn’t enough of us and when we have professional issues… [employers] need to pay attention to those…” The centre of any negotiations or discussions should always be patient care, she says. The OHA, for its part, tabled concessions including cuts to nurses’ health benefits, and ONA has walked away from the table. The OHA and ONA now head to arbitration.

February 6: Patients will “not get caught up” in a lingering labour dispute between ONA and the OHA (Windsor Star, February 6, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna said little progress was made over multiple days of negotiations and mediation, as the OHA is “demanding concessions that the nurses can’t accept.” Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj says “nurses are invaluable and deemed an essential service…” The hospital employs 1,480 RNs, and 240 RPNs. “I’m confident once the main contract is settled we’ll be able to move quickly to get a local agreement,” Musyj said.

February 6: ONA says it walked away from contract negotiations over the weekend (Welland Tribune, Global News, Stratford Beacon-Herald, Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, CTV News, February 6, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna said that the OHA is demanding concessions that nurses cannot accept. Following 10 days in talks and three days of mediation, ONA said that little meaningful progress was made.

February 5: CFMJ AM (February 5, 2018) reports that “nurses…are the backbone of our healthcare system. They do so much work and so many times it seems it goes less recognized perhaps than other medical professions in the field.” Now, 58,000 hospital RNs are speaking out about the state of health-care and have walked away from the bargaining table with the Ontario Hospital Association. ONA President Vicki McKenna told CFMJ that members have identified workloads and professional issues as a priority, with many, many RN cuts contributing to excessive overtime. McKenna noted that the evidence shows that adding more patients to an RN’s workload increases that patient’s risk of suffering mortality and morbidity. “…the value of having enough nurses per patient is so important…” she says.

February 5: In an interview on the Bill Kelly Show (CHML AM, February 5, 2018), ONA President Vicki McKenna says that the breakdown in negotiations with the OHA has been frustrating. She believes that the OHA had “no intention” of negotiating with ONA. McKenna says that ONA continues to resist the “industrialization” of the health-care system, “and we will not operate with just-in-time staffing” or continue to work short-staffed on most units every day. McKenna says that nurses are working excessive overtime, which anyone who has visited a hospital recently would see clearly. ONA is trying to “make sure we have the right number of nurses and that the nurses who are working are not put in situations where they are working the hours and the workload that they are trying to juggle.” ONA members have said clearly that they cannot continue to work short. McKenna recommends that we put the patient at the forefront of decision-making, “then everybody [else]. This is a win-win for everybody…” ONA is encouraging its members to speak to their MPPs about their workplaces. “We have to stand firm on what is important, and what is important is patient care…” she says.

February 4: ONA President Vicki McKenna has told CTV News (February 4, 2018) that Ontario has the fewest number of nurses per population in the country. Talks have broken down between ONA and the OHA, with little meaningful progress being made. McKenna says that concessions being demanded by the OHA would contribute to the nursing shortage and directly impact patient care.

February 4: The Ontario Nurses’ Association says that after 10 days of talks and three days of mediation, talks have broken down between it and the Ontario Hospital Association (CFZM AM, February 4, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna says that Ontario has the worst RN-to-population ratio of any province in the country, and that the OHA is demanding concessions from nurses. She says the demands are disrespectful to the province’s invaluable RNs.

February 4: ONA President Vicki McKenna says the nurses’ union was hoping to reach a negotiated settlement with the OHA but talks have broken down (CFTR AM, February 4, 2018). The report says that ONA was trying to address some of the workload issues in negotiations; the number of patients is increasing and there is a need for more nurses. McKenna told CFTR that, “we have the highest injury and illness rates in workplaces…when you work excessive overtime and the hours that [nurses] are working…it’s no big surprise that we have a higher injury rate and we have people who are off ill.” McKenna says that the OHA came to the table with concessions, including cutting benefits for nurses.

February 4: ONA President Vicki McKenna has discussed the breakdown in labour negotiations with the Ontario Hospital Association and the issues facing hospital nurses with CP24 News (February 4, 2018). McKenna says the OHA is demanding concessions that will further add to a shortage of nurses and directly impact patient care. Ontario has the fewest number of [registered] nurses per capita. McKenna said that ONA had hoped that the OHA was coming to the table “to actually negotiate…that wasn’t the case.”

February 3: Public health nurses and York Region have reached a tentative deal days before a legal strike date (Newmarket Era, February 3, 2018). The Ontario Nurses’ Association said the union is recommending its members ratify the agreement. Council is expected to approve the new deal on February 15. The report notes that negotiations were “testy” before the deal was reached, with ONA President Vicki McKenna saying the drawn-out talks had left union members feeling “insulted, disrespected, disillusioned and devalued” by their employer.

February 4: (February 4, 2018) reports on the breakdown of negotiations between the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario Hospital Association. Nurses working in overcrowded hospitals say demands for “efficiencies” will impact patients and staff. ONA President Vicki McKenna says the OHA team’s “efficiencies” in effect, mean, “work harder, faster, quicker with fewer [staff]. I have to keep reminding them to stop industrializing health care,” she said. “And our product, if you want to talk about business theories, is people. When you are caring for people, you have to look at things in a more humanized way. That is not a conversation they are willing to have with us.” McKenna says nurses will be speaking out publicly about the state of hospitals and the challenges faced by nurses and patients. McKenna says that ONA has surveyed its members and their priorities are workload and professional issues, such as job safety and patient care.

February 4: The Ontario Nurses’ Association says it has walked away from the bargaining table after 13 frustrating days of trying to negotiate a new contract for hospital nurses (CITY News, February 4, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna says there was little meaningful progress and the Ontario Hospital Association refused to back down from “regressive and disrespectful proposals.” Nurses’ priorities include job security, workload and quality of work-life issues. McKenna said that, “The concessions being demanded by the OHA team show that these employers are unwilling to acknowledge the reality of the shortage of registered nurses and how it diminishes the ability of front-line RNs to deliver quality patient care.” The two sides will now head to arbitration.

February 2: ONA members, public health nurses working for York Region, have reached a tentative two-year agreement (Toronto Star, February 2, 2018). The previous collective agreement expired at the end of March, 2017. ONA President Vicki McKenna said that reaching a tentative agreement “is very positive. The public health nurses want to be with the community and do their work.” Union members are expected to vote on the deal today.

February 1: The Hamilton Spectator (February 1, 2018) reports that Linda Haslam-Stroud has retired after a near-40-year career as a registered nurse and 14 years as President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association. The Spectator interviewed Haslam-Stroud about how “nurses have found their voices” and the challenges ahead for the profession. In the interview, she talked about what spurred her to become involved in her Union, about leaving her husband and children during weekdays to live in Toronto and head home just on weekends, and how “humbling” it was to be elected to represent 65,000 front-line members. Haslam-Stroud says “nurses are very professional and advocate for our patients now, and are able to have that voice for better care and for improving the health-care system.” Over the time she was president, Haslam-Stroud says the Minister of Health and Minister of Labour came to understand “that we have a lot to provide to assist them in building a strong health-care system and a dedicated workforce. Now, they are looking for our insight when they’re developing health-care policies.” Among the challenges for RNs is the erosion of RN care in the province. “When you have overcrowding in the hospitals now, that is a symptom of years of cutting the RN staff to try to balance their budgets,” she says. Haslam-Stroud says that RNs are the backbone of the health-care system, and adequate funding is going to be the number-one issue in the months ahead. “You can only go on so long with having additional patients and patients living longer with higher acuity before the bubble is going to burst,” she said. “…if you want healthy patients and if you want proactive preventing of diseases to keep patients out of hospitals, you cannot continue to try and cut the system and cut the funding.”

January 30: York Region public health nurses have a strike date of February 5 (Newmarket Era, January 30, 2018). ONA President Vicki McKenna says she is optimistic that a new contract can be reached, but drawn-out talks have left union members feeling “insulted, disrespected, disillusioned and devalued.” York Region spokesperson Patrick Casey says the region continues to place high value on the critical and important work performed daily by public health nurses. The nurses have been without a contract since last April 1.

January 25: ONA President Vicki McKenna says public health nurses from York Region are in “critical” labour negotiations on January 25 (Newmarket Era, January 25, 2018). “Today is a big day,” she said. “Today is really critical.” McKenna says she is optimistic that a deal can be negotiated, but added that “drawn-out talks have left union members feeling insulted, disrespected, disillusioned and devalued” by their employer. The two sides have had five days of negotiations and two days of conciliation. They were in mediation to try to reach a deal, as the 234 public health nurses have been without a contract since last April 1. Public health nurses run vaccination clinics, provide pregnancy counselling and prenatal support, run breastfeeding clinics and provide support for high-risk families. McKenna says the nurses “do so much. I think that people don’t realize, they really don’t realize the support that they offer and provide in our communities. They just want to be at work and they just want to be helping families.”

January 25: If new legislation is passed, thousands of Ontario nurses may be granted post-traumatic stress disorder coverage (Pembroke Daily Observer, January 25, 2018). Late last year, the Minister of Labour proposed to extend “presumptive” PTSD legislation to include up to 140,000 front-line nurses. The Ontario Nurses’ Association says that the top-five triggers of PTSD for nurses include: death of a child, violence at work, treating patients who resemble family or friends, death or injury of patients and heavy patient workloads. At the finance and administration committee meeting of the County of Renfrew last week, HR director Bruce Beakley said he would monitor the status of any legislation, noting that “we have a responsibility as an employer to provide support to that employee.”

January 8: The Victoria Hospital in London may add new psychiatric beds to a floor shared by newborns and their mothers (Woodstock Sentinel-Review, January 8, 2018). The hospital – which is part of London Health Sciences Centre – could increase the number of staffed psychiatric beds from 74 to 98. James Murray, an RN and president of ONA Local 100, says the hospital is investigating one location – the fourth-floor which is home to the maternal newborn care team. “That’s the only one they have toured,” said Murray. Hospital officials have refused to say where they may add additional psychiatric beds. Concerns that the hospital may house psychiatric patients on the maternity floor prompted some to call the Free Press. Murray said he believes any area of the hospital can be designed to create an adequate level of safety – the key is in the details, and Murray says union representatives will discuss those details with hospital officials. The new beds are to open by the spring.

January 4: Blackburn News (January 4, 2018) reports that the Huron County Health Board has signed a new agreement with Ontario Nurses’ Association members. The two-year contract includes a 3-per-cent wage increase over the course of the deal.

December 2017: An in-depth report in Hospital News (December 2017) details violent attacks on nurses and the actions being taken to stop workplace violence. The report notes that the increase in violence can be attributed to an aging population, increasing rates of dementia, lack of access to mental health resources and overcrowding/wait times. In response, the Public Services Health & Safety Association has developed an interactive website to help workplaces build a violence prevention program. There are also five Violence, Aggression and Responsive Behaviours (VARB) toolkits available. The toolkits are one of the 23 recommendations from Ontario’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare Leadership Table report. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud said, “The Violence Leadership Table was a good first start. It is critical that we continue to build on this work, using the practical tools available to assess risk and prevent workplace violence. I applaud the hospital CEOs who have committed to using these tools and urge others to join them.”

January 3: Cindy Forster, NDP MPP for Welland, has announced she will not seek re-election in next June’s provincial election (Niagara This Week, January 3, 2018). The long-time RN and former Ontario Nurses’ Association staffer, was encouraged to run provincially by former MPP Peter Kormos. Forster was elected to Welland city council in 1994, then as mayor in 2000 and first took her seat at Queen’s Park in 2011. Forster says her husband has had health issues and the two decided it was best for her to not run for re-election.

December 28: The Kingston Whig-Standard (December 28, 2017) also noted in its year in review that ONA is calling for better protection for nurses from workplace violence.

December 30: The Brockville Recorder & Times (December 30, 2017) has featured ONA in its year in review. The report notes that staff at Brockville Mental Health Centre were disappointed with the $75,000 fine imposed on the organization in connection with the stabbing of a nurse, but that ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna noted that the fine was much higher than normal.

Behind the Front Lines

Reporters, like registered nurses, have suffered cutbacks and are under pressure to deliver. While they do an admirable job, Behind the Front Lines gives media a glimpse of the story behind the story from front-line RNs’ and allied health professionals’ view.

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In this issue:

  • Nursing shortage impacting patient care in other provinces
  • Hallway nursing: hospital overcrowding is not easing
  • Overcapacity crisis: RN cuts come back to haunt CHEO
  • Private surgery centres killing patients in U.S.

Read past issues:

In this issue:

  • Long-Term Care the Focus of Media Attention
  • Is Private, For-Profit Health Care Creeping In?
  • More Funding, But More RN Cuts in Southwestern Ontario
  • Canada’s Nurses Host Premiers in Edmonton

In this issue:

  • RNs per Capita: Ontario Still in Last Place
  • Private Physician Payments – Columnist Blames Nurses
  • Bad Hospital Discharges a Big Complaint

In this issue:

  •  Overcrowding in Ontario Hospitals Continues
  •  ONA Finds Court Decision “Sickening”
  •  College of Nurses Puts a Negative Spin on a Good-News Story
  •  First Responders Day: Most Nurses Still Excluded from PTSD Legislation

In this issue:

  • Workplace Violence Continues to Make the News
  • “Stalker MD Story” Misses the Biggest Point
  • Sunshine List: The Meaning Behind RN Salaries
  • Nurse-Artist Profiled

In this issue:

  • Nurse Practitioners in the News
  • Is Labour Looking at Trouble?
  • Brexit Vote Impacts Patient Care
  • Nurses Hoping to be Included in Federal PTSD Legislation

In this issue:

  • Surge, No Surprise to Nurses
  • Nurses Fear for Patient Care as FAO Releases New Report
  • Subtle Campaign to Expand Privatization Continues
  • RN Cuts Outrage Nurses

In this issue:

  • Labour Day Coverage
  • Premier’s Net Zero Announcement Too Late for Ontario RNs
  • Column on Labour Law Proposed Changes is Over-the-Top
  • Losing Canadian RNs: The Allure of International Nursing for New Grads

In this issue:

  • The First Test of “Lori’s Law” is Followed by Ottawa Media
  • Intense Interest in CAMH Trial by Toronto Media
  • Firing of London nurse for patient safety advocacy backfires
  • Zika Virus: Possible Patient-to-Caregiver Transmission

In this issue:

  • RN cuts in Ontario get attention
  • Effects of RN cuts, bed closures showing
  • Workplace violence trial underscores risks nurses face
  • Northern nurses celebrate Nursing Week by raising funds for the Red Cross

In this issue:

  • PTSD Legislation: ONA Speaks Out About Exclusion of Nurses
  • “Home Care” an Oxymoron?
  • Medically Assisted Death: RNs Concerned About Liability
  • ONA Representatives Travel the Province During Nursing Week

In this issue:

  • 2016 Kicks off with RN Cuts
  • A Spate of Violent Attacks at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
  • Provincial Budget Controversy
  • ONA’s “Nurses Know” Campaign Continues

In this “Year in Review” issue:

  • Fair and Extensive Coverage of the CCAC Strike
  • RN Cuts Continue Unabated
  • No Corner of the Province Immune to Cuts
  • Health Care Workplace Violence Takes Centre Stage
  • Nursing School Leaders Say Regulator is Failing RNs

In this issue:

  • ONA Launches “The Truth Hurts. Nurses Know” Campaign
  • Workplace Violence Finally Gets Some Media Attention
  • More Cuts at North Bay P3 Hospital
  • Flu Season is Here and the Vaccinate-or-Mask Story is Difficult to Report

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  • Health policy and economics
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Human rights and equity issues
  • Political action; and
  • Much more.

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ONA Fast Facts

65,000 – ONA members
16,000 – Nursing student affiliate members
63 – Number of ONA Locals
500+ – Number of ONA Bargaining Unit Presidents

ONA represents members in the following workplaces:

  • Hospitals.
  • Nursing Homes.
  • Homes for the Aged.
  • Public Health.
  • Community Care Access Centres.
  • Home Care.
  • Clinics.
  • Industry.
  • Family Health Teams.
  • Community Health Centres.

ONA members include:

  • Registered nurses.
  • Nurse practitioners.
  • Registered practical nurses.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Radiation therapists.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Social workers.
  • Medical Radiation Technologists.
  • And more.