TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Front-line registered nurses, allied
health professionals and thousands of nursing student affiliates will
have long-time political activist, nursing advocate and St. Joseph's
Healthcare (Hamilton) renal transplant nurse Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN as
their leader for the next two years as she has been acclaimed President
of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA). Haslam-Stroud will serve an
unprecedented fifth, two-year term as head of ONA, the country's
largest nurses' union.
"I am so privileged to hold this position," said Haslam-Stroud. "I have
been guided by the principle that excellence is the result of caring
more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe
and expecting more than others think is possible. As we face
challenging days for our public health care system, nurses and unions,
I will continue to fulfill the mandate of every nurse - to advocate for
our patients, clients and residents as we seek to provide quality care
for those who need and deserve it."
Haslam-Stroud has been actively leading in ONA for some 32 years now at
the provincial, Local and Bargaining Unit levels. She has vowed to
continue to be a passionate spokesperson for ONA's 57,000 registered
nurses and allied health professionals and 12,000 nursing student
affiliates in Ontario and address the issues of wages, benefits,
retention and recruitment to address nursing and health care affiliate
shortages, safe and healthy workplaces, heavy workloads and RNs' scope
of practice issues.
First Vice-President Vicki McKenna Also Acclaimed
Also acclaimed and serving her fourth consecutive term as First
Vice-President of ONA is Vicki McKenna, RN. The London, Ontario nurse
who has worked with both adults and pediatric patients at the Day
Surgery Unit, London Health Sciences Centre.
McKenna has been an active member of ONA for 30 years and brings a
wealth of experience to the portfolio of political action and
"ONA is a leading voice for nurses with the government and other
professional organizations," she said. "The priorities and objectives
of our members must be on the agenda, and we must continue to fight to
protect health care - both as providers and consumers. Some employers
look for any avenue to save money and replace RNs under the guise of
budget restraints. But research shows the value of RNs to patients and
ignoring it is simply not acceptable."
ONA Chief Executive Officer Lesley Bell, RN says that both Haslam-Stroud
and McKenna have "the commitment, the passion and most importantly, the
support of ONA's board and members as they advocate for quality care
for Ontarians. I know that they will continue to work tirelessly on
behalf of ONA members and the patients who rely on quality care."
ONA is the union representing 57,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates providing
care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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