ONA Welcomes New Registered Nurse Members from Chartwell Wynfield Long-Term Care
October 5, 2018
OSHAWA – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, is delighted to welcome registered nurses from Chartwell Wynfield Long-Term Care.
The registered nurses provide care to residents of this facility and had become increasingly concerned about cuts to the hours of the home’s RNs. They voted unanimously to join ONA.
“Our new members are very proud of the work they do in this long-term care home and display a true passion for working with the residents,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “The RNs contacted ONA just a few weeks ago and were keen to be a part of ONA and have a voice regarding their concerns with regard to the quality of care they provide. ONA is delighted to welcome them.”
The registered nurses say that their employer cut RN by approximately 15 hours each two-week period a year ago. As highly regulated nurses, the RNs have been worried that they do not have time to provide care that meets their professional standards.
ONA members have a Professional Responsibility process in their contracts that provides a process to alert their employers to – and resolve – heavy workload issues.
“As registered nurses, our first priority is patient/resident care,” said McKenna. “We look forward to representing our new RNs from Chartwell Wynfield Long-Term Care.”
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
Sheree Bond (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430; cell: (416) 986-8240; firstname.lastname@example.org