News Stories of Interest: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Good morning, please find below a list of news stories that UNA members may find interesting:

Concerns raised over new U.S. nursing exam as pass rates plummet in Canada
CTV News covers the ongoing criticism of the American-based mandatory licensing exam now taken by all Canadian nursing students.

Alberta Government launches essential services review
Albertans are being asked for their input as the provincial government drafts new labour legislation governing the right for public sector workers to strike.The need for the new legislation was sparked by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in January that found the right to strike is protected by the Constitution. “The ability to strike is a fundamental right in Canada, so our legislation must reflect that. With that in mind, we still need to maintain the proper protections for Albertans who rely on a wide range of essential services,” Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Lori Sigurdson said in a media release.

Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day
A Swedish retirement home may seem an unlikely setting for an experiment about the future of work, but a small group of nurses switched from an eight-hour to a six-hour working day for the same wage – the first controlled trial of shorter hours since a rightward political shift in Sweden a decade ago snuffed out earlier efforts to explore alternatives to the traditional working week.

‘The View’ Hosts Apologize Over Controversial Comments Made About Nurses
Facing an online backlash from nurses across the United States, ‘The View’ hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins have apologized for their derogatory comments about Kelley Johnson’s (Miss Colorado) monologue about being a Nurse during the recent Miss America pageant.

Federal leaders’ debate tonight
Leaders of the three largest federal parties will debate the economy tonight at Stampede Park in Calgary. Green Party leader Elizabeth May was not invited by the Globe and Mail to participate in the debate, so she will be tweeting her responses in live time. The debate begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the CPAC channel and on the Globe and Mail website.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563