News Stories of Interest: August 12, 2016

Canadian athletes won two medals yesterday and this morning, bringing our country’s current total to 8 medals in the Rio Summer Olympics. Sprinting the 100 metre freestyle to take Olympic gold, Penny Oleksiak entered historic territory winning her second individual and fourth overall medal on Thursday night. And just this morning, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee won silver in the lightweight women’s double sculls at Rio 2016.

Closer to home, here are a few stories that UNA members may find of interest:

Mother goes to nursing school to give back after son’s death

Impressed by the care her late child received while in the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Marie Kerner decided to go back to school to become a Registered Nurse so she could help others and honour his memory. CTV Edmonton interviewed her this week.

Special Stollery nurse for aboriginal families

CTV interviewed Sherri Di Lallo, a Registered Nurse at the Stollery Children’s Hospital who was recently hired to help look after the aboriginal children who come to the hospital from across northern Alberta. Sherri told CTV there are gaps in health services to aboriginal children and their families across the country and believes there should be a position like hers in every hospital that works with children.

Mental health referrals spike in wake of Fort McMurray fire

According to a CBC report, more than 20% of Fort McMurray residents are seeking some sort of counselling or therapy in the aftermath of the wildfire that devastated the northern Alberta community and forced residents to evacuate from their homes earlier this year.

Flu shot uptake slightly higher in provinces that allow vaccination by pharmacists: Study

Residents of provinces that allow pharmacists to administer flu shots are more likely to get vaccinated against the seasonal bug, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal study found. Researchers found that a slightly higher proportion of residents got their annual influenza shots in provinces where pharmacists are allowed to give them — 30% compared to 28% in provinces where they aren’t.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta

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