News Stories of Interest: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Here are some of the latest news stories that may be of interest to UNA members:

Nurses say lack of resources affecting ability to properly care for patients
Nurses and health care workers say that moral distress — the feeling care providers get when they know what a patient needs, but due to a lack of time and/or resources — is increasing in the workplace. However, Alberta Health Services says increasing reports of moral distress in the province don’t present a problem. The Calgary Herald spoke with UNA First Vice-President Jane Sustrik and UNA Local 211 President Jacki Capper about this issue.

Edmonton hospital’s new hockey-themed addition to help young patients
A new addition has opened at the Royal Alexandra Hospital to help children receiving mental health treatment. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Family Room is designed to provide pediatric mental health patients and their families with a welcoming place to spend time while at the hospital.

Mulcair announces $1.8b health care plan for seniors
On the campaign trail in Vancouver, federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair unveiled his party’s plan to spend $1.8 billion over four years to help the provinces bolster care for seniors.The NDP leader said the initiative would expand home care for 41,000 seniors, create 5,000 more nursing beds and improve palliative care services. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions applauded the announcement, noting that it marked the first time in this election campaign that one of the three main party leaders have talked about health care on the campaign trail.

South Zone waits longest for care
Medicine Hat area leads the province for the longest stays in hospital waiting for placement in a continuing care facility. In the first quarter of this year, the latest data available, people waited an average of 60 days in Alberta Health Service’s south zone. That is 12 days more than the provincial average of 48 days. The average in Edmonton was 36 days, central zone 50, and Calgary 50 days.

UNA and CARNA join forces on awareness campaign
After a meeting on Aug. 27 in Edmonton, leaders of United Nurses of Alberta and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta have begun formal discussions about a co-operative awareness campaign that would emphasize the unique contributions made to health care by registered nurses.

Alberta Health Services says fentanyl antidote kits have saved lives
AHS says “fentanyl antidote” kits have saved at least four lives since they hit the streets of Calgary earlier this summer and that in the last 10 weeks, about 100 naloxone kits were given out by the Safeworks program.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
Website: www.una.ab.ca
Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563