WERPN statement on $1.25B investment in LTC
WeRPN welcomes the additional $1.25 billion investment to retain and recruit more nurses in Ontario’s long-term care homes. With RPNs representing more than 64 per cent of the nurses in long-term care, this is a critical step to ensure Ontario’s LTC homes have the right balance of staff to meet growing resident needs.
WeRPN Recommends Committee in Response to Proposed Regulation Allowing PSWs to Administer Medications in LTC
In response to proposed government legislation allowing authorized PSWs to administer medication in LTC homes, WeRPN recommends creating a committee comprised of healthcare experts to ensure resident safety and consider the impact on nurses.
WeRPN welcomes expansion of nursing education but urges more action on retention
Our province is facing a health human resources (HHR) crisis and meaningful action is needed to recruit and retain nurses to meet the growing needs of Ontario patients. WeRPN welcomes the government’s commitment to growing Ontario’s nursing workforce by increasing the number of spaces in all nursing programs and developing innovative and streamlined approaches to educating nurses faster.
WeRPN raises alarm about plan to allow nurses to work outside scope of practice
WeRPN is raising the alarm about the government’s recently announced plans to allow nurses and other healthcare professionals to work outside their regular responsibilities, in an effort to address staffing challenges in hospitals.
WeRPN deeply concerned about expansion of for-profit care in Ontario
WeRPN is deeply concerned about the impact of normalizing the use of for-profit care in Ontario. While we recognize the importance of addressing surgical backlogs, Ontario RPNs believe leveraging for-profit businesses to deliver care is the wrong approach and will result in higher costs and substandard care for Ontarians while further worsening the province’s nursing shortage.
Nurses still waiting to receive government-promised $5k retention bonus
Many Ontario registered practical nurses continue to wait for a $5,000 retention bonus promised to them by the provincial government. This initiative was aimed at retaining nurses on the front lines during the pandemic, but this prolonged delay is leaving many nurses further frustrated and feeling undervalued.
Statement by WeRPN on the Superior Court of Justice’s Decision re. Bill 124
The Superior Court of Justice’s decision to strike down Bill 124 is a milestone victory for RPNs across Ontario. The courts have confirmed what Ontario’s RPNs have known for a long time — that Bill 124 violates the rights of nurses and public sector employees.