News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Good morning, it’s Independence Day in Guinea-Bissau (from Portugal in 1973), Constitution Day in Cambodia, Heritage Day in South Africa, New Caledonia Day (unsurprisingly) in New Caledonia, Armed Forces Day in Peru and Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago. So there’s lots to celebrate. On this day in 1927, the Toronto St. Patricks hockey team changed its name to the Maple Leafs. It’s been mostly downhill ever since. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

Health minister targets shortage of LTC beds

Health Minister Stephen Mandel is promising immediate action on the issue of so-called bed blockers – patients who need continuing care but are instead forced into hospital beds because of a lack of facilities. Here’s a sarcastic analysis of that announcement by Sun media’s Rick Bell.

New rules for Sask. LPNs prompt RN concerns

A disagreement between Saskatchewan regulators of RNs and LPNs over who does what on the job has put planned regulatory changes on pause. At issue are drafted rules that would set more specific limits on what LPNs can and cannot do. The Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, which regulates 3,300 LPNs, says the proposed rules will rein in LPNs and give supervisors more direction on what they can safely do. New bylaws will also formalize work LPNs have already been doing for years, said SALPN executive director Lynsay Nair. The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, which licenses 11,000 registered nurses in the province, has concerns about what’s proposed.

Prentice launches review of rural health care

Premier Jim Prentice publicly launched a review of health care in rural Alberta yesterday. Making the announcement alongside Health Minister Stephen Mandel in the town of Olds, Prentice said he’s heard non-stop concerns from rural residents about doctor and nurse recruitment, long travel distances for treatment and a lack of consultation with rural communities on provincial health care decisions.

Canada should be leading Ebola fight

Instead of rushing forward and responding to the unprecedented humanitarian calamity of Africa’s Ebola outbreak, the world has effectively cordoned off West Africa and fallen back to defend its own borders. Canada has the ability, and therefore the responsibility, to do more about the epidemic, writes retired lieutenant general and senator Romeo Dallaire and two others in the Globe and Mail.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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