LONDON, ON, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) registered nurses and allied health professionals have ratified a new, negotiated agreement with the South West Community Care Access Centre.
The 446 ONA members serve the counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, London-Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin and Norfolk.
ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN says, "Our members work as Care Coordinators, expertly assessing their patients, working closely with physicians and community support agencies in arranging care plans for care in their homes (including palliative care services), community or schools.
"Our members also provide excellent direct care through Rapid Response nursing, Mental Health and Addiction nursing in schools, and Geriatric nursing teams. Care Coordinators connect patients with family doctors and are there for patients being discharged from hospitals. They assess patients for eligibility for placement in long-term care facilities, making this transition smoother and less stressful. They truly are system navigators for patients in our health-care system."
The RNs and allied health professionals had been working without a contract since March 31, 2016. ONA had recommended acceptance of the new agreement.
ONA is the union representing 62,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as almost 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association