I’m pleased to provide an update on the work of your Association on behalf of Council.
On November 2 and 3, Council met in Regina to conduct the work of governing the SRNA. I invite you to review the highlights of our discussions and decisions.
National Nursing Students’ Week – Nov 14-21, 2016
I was pleased to join with President Elect Joanne Petersen to recognize and celebrate National Nursing Students’ Week this year. Our video with nursing students Fred and Shalla was one of the key ways we had fun connecting and promoting a stronger relationship with nursing students across the province.
SRNA 100th Anniversary Celebrations
Next year the SRNA celebrates 100 years as the RN regulatory body for Saskatchewan. I invite you to join in the celebrations by attending one or more of the upcoming events, nominating an RN, RN(NP) or nursing student for an Anniversary Award and/or purchasing a commemorative item.
Canadian Nurses Association
The president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) participated in the launch of Better Home Care: A National Action Plan on October 27th in Vancouver. The Plan provides specific actions for governments, health care providers, patients, and carers to achieve more and better home care. It was developed through a national consultative process lead by the Canadian Home Care Association, the CNA and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It reflects the experience and expertise of patients, government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses and home care providers from across Canada. As CNA members, we can all use this report to advocate locally and provincially for improved Home Care Services.
I recently attended the CNA board meeting on November 21 and 22 in Ottawa. The annual “Hill Day” event was attended by CNA board members, observers and staff. Board member Bryce Boynton and myself were joined by observer Joanne Petersen to meet with MPs to discuss key national nursing priorities. Our Saskatchewan team met with 5 Saskatchewan MPs over the course of the day.
Patient Safety Resources - Hospital Harm Launch
Recently the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) announced the Hospital Harm Launch. There is now one Hospital Harm Measure (CIHI) for reporting and learning. In 2014-15, Canadian patients suffered potentially preventable harm in 1 out of every 18 hospitalizations (138,000 out of 2.5 million hospital stays or 5.6%) with about 20% experiencing more than one harmful event while in hospital. There is now a patient safety resource from CPSI that provides the information to the healthcare system to reduce this rate of preventable patient harm in hospitals. For more information:
In closing, thank you again for all that you do as Graduate Nurses, RNs and RN(NP)s in Saskatchewan!
Linda Wasko-Lacey, RN, President