Ontario nurses to discuss workplace violence, pandemic preparedness and more at national nurses' union conference

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN will join a large delegation of ONA members in Vancouver
this week to tackle the worsening labour shortage, the world-wide pandemic
alert and the impact on communities of the economic crisis at the Biennial
Convention of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).
    "Nurses in Ontario are working too much overtime, suffering workplace
injuries and are concerned about the level of protection they may receive if
the flu outbreak becomes a pandemic," says Haslam-Stroud. "Participating in
the CFNU convention will allow us the opportunity to discuss what can be done
about nursing concerns, both provincially and nationally.
    "Registered nurses are facing a multitude of challenges on the front
lines of health care," notes Haslam-Stroud. "Our participation in the CFNU
Biennial Convention allows Ontario nurses to learn more about workload issues,
the challenges facing the profession and the impact on patient care."
    About 750 nurses and nursing leaders from nine provinces are attending
the convention, being held from June 8 to 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Vancouver. Delegates will attend a variety of workshops on everything from
dealing with workplace bullying to handling distress resulting from heavy
workloads. A featured session is on the lessons learned from the case of Lori
Dupont, RN, the Windsor nurse murdered while working at Hotel-Dieu Grace
Hospital in Windsor. Attendees will also hear about nursing from an
international perspective - featured speakers also include nursing
representatives from Australia, Switzerland and the UK.
    This is the CFNU's 14th Biennial Convention and the theme is "Voices in
Unison." Other highlights include the release of public opinion polling
results on the nursing shortage, health care and pandemic preparedness and a
keynote address from Linda McQuaig, journalist and author. In addition, Dr.
Steve Robbins will speak on diversity and inclusion. A full agenda is
available at www.cfnu.ca
    Both ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN and CFNU President Linda
Silas, RN will be available to speak to the media. ONA became a member of the
CFNU to become part of a national nurses' voice. The CFNU has more than
158,000 members.

    ONA is the union representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals and more than 10,000 nursing students providing care in
hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics
and industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past,
a powerful future.

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369

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