Op Ed: The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on our dedicated nurses. To retain them, we need to offer fair compensation
Of late, there has a been a common and recurring theme to my conversation with nurses. Quite a few are seriously considering leaving the profession, and others are feeling burnt out, frustrated and undervalued. It’s understandable given the heartbreak and pressure nurses have faced. COVID-19 was a reality-check for Ontario’s health system, particularly its long-term care (LTC) sector.
WeRPN Statement on Bill 124
WeRPN joins our health care partners in urging the government to exempt health care workers from Bill 124. Read our statement
WeRPN reponds to latest extension of PSW wage enhancement
WeRPN is very disappointed that the Ontario government has extended the temporary wage increase for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) without providing additional supports for Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), who work alongside them. While we agree that PSWs should be paid more, the government must also recognize the vital contributions of RPNs with a similar wage increase. Read our statement.
WeRPN applauds $35 million investment to boost nursing education
Today, the Ontario Government announced it would invest $35 million to boost enrollment in nursing education programs for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 cohorts in publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province. In response, WeRPN issued the following statement
Nursing Now Ontario Awards Winners honoured at Virtual Ceremony
The Nursing Now Ontario Awards celebrate the contribution of nurses who improve the health outcomes of Ontarians and who contribute to nursing practice. Awards are presented to one winner in three categories: registered practical nurse (RPN), registered nurse (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP). The awards ceremony took place during Nursing Week 2021 (May 10 – 16).
WeRPN welcomes recommendations from LTC Commission and calls for immediate action
For years, Ontario’s Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) have advocated for changes to long-standing issues plaguing the province’s long-term care (LTC) sector. Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s report highlights how pervasive recruitment and retention issues, inconsistent application of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices, and a lack of clear public health guidance to the sector exacerbated the already dire situation in the province’s long-term care homes.
Opinion: Ontario’s registered practical nurses deserve ‘fair compensation’
Read our CEO's opinion piece about why RPNs deserve to be fairly compensated and recognized for the valuable care they provide.
WeRPN is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Ontario RPN
The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) is extremely saddened to hear the passing of an Ontario Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).
WeRPN welcomes commitments to recruit and retain nurses in long-term care and retirement homes but disappointed by limited direct support for RPNs in 2021 Budget
Today, the Ontario government released its annual Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy that further builds on the commitments outlined by its COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect, Support and Recover. Read our full statement
Health organizations ask everyone to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic with a candlelight vigil
This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In a display of solidarity, 20 health organizations across the province are asking the public to remember those who have died from the virus by honouring their memory and reflecting on the hope that lies ahead.