Message from President Michelle Senkow
Welcome September and the shortage of staff is so real on almost every unit. Beds being closed, nurses working excessive hours and not getting time off. I can just reiterate to please call us if needed and write the paperwork to help us against this staff-shortage – file PRC’s and OH & S.
Some issues that are going on and it’s important for you to note:
- If your PCM requests a Dr’s note when you are sick – take the note to OH & S nurses in OH & S office (NOT to your PCM). If your Dr charges for the note those fees are totally covered by the Employer- give copy of the receipt to OH & S and ask for reimbursement.
- Computers – all kinds of training are going on. If you are booked on your day off you are entitled to the applicable rate of pay. If full-time- all days off are Overtime rates and parttimers their X days. If the computer work- training is taking you away from patient care and there is NO coverage of your patients- File a PRC-talk to your Charge nurse or PCM-call our office.
- Special Leave – if you require special leave days and need assistance with the process- call our office. You should first request vacation, then try to switch with someone and then request special leave and your PCM may need details of WHY it is special leave. This discussion should occur with your PCM- not scheduling, ESP clerks.
Christmas hours should be posted and there are provisions in the contract about this. If you have concerns please call our office.
Michelle M. SenkowRN, BScN
President, Local 115
United Nurses of Alberta