Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

June 02, 2009 12:36 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Nursing Leaders in Vancouver to Talk Violence, the Pandemic and the National Nursing Shortage

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Eight hundred nurses will be in Vancouver, June 8-12, to tackle national issues such as the worsening labour shortage, the recent pandemic alert, the Canadian economic crisis and its impacts on health and health care.

These 800 nurses, joined by provincial nursing leaders, will be attending the biennial convention of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, June 8-12 in Vancouver. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is Canada's largest nurses' organization representing over 158,000 members. Joining in the discussion will be nursing leaders from Quebec, England, Australia, the United States and the International Council of Nurses in Geneva.

Highlights of the Convention include:

- Release of public opinion polling on nursing shortage, health care and pandemic preparedness (Monday, June 8, 2009)

- Panel discussion on the economic crisis and its impacts on unions and communities. Speakers: Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress; Paul Moist, CUPE; Stephen Hunt, USW; and Jim Sinclair, the BC Federation of Labour (Tuesday, June 9, 2009)

- Panel discussion on the global nursing shortage and its impacts with nursing leaders from the International Council of Nurses, national nurses' unions from Australia and the United Kingdom and a Canadian researcher on cultural diversity (Wednesday, June 10, 2009)

- Release of a study based on 2008 figures of the rates of overtime and absenteeism in the nursing workforce. In 2005, nurses worked an equivalent of 10,054 full-time jobs in overtime. (Thursday, June 11, 2009).

- Release of a report on intergenerational diversity and its impact on collective bargaining (Thursday, June 11, 2009)

- Keynote addresses by Linda McQuaig, journalist and author, called "the Michael Moore of Canada" by some commentators (Friday, June 12, 2009), and by Dr. Steve Robbins on diversity and inclusion (Thursday, June 11, 2009)

The full agenda for the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions' 14th Biennial Convention is available online:

To arrange an interview with Linda Silas, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President, or Convention speakers, please call Pamela Foster at 613-292-9106.

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  • Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    Pamela Foster