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President's Message

​​​​​​​​​​​​Not since the AIDS epidemic of the early 90s have we faced such a public health challenge as the current overdose crisis in our province. From St. Paul's to Royal Inland and in every community across BC, nurses along with other first responders are managing the impossible and saving lives every day. This often comes at nurses' own physical and emotional toll as they resuscitate so many individuals struggling to cope with addictions and drug use. Just like in the 90s, education and compassion will be key to the resolution of this crisis, as we work collaboratively with other stakeholders to do our best for those who are suffering.

As we approach the end of this year and the beginning of a new year, we need to reflect and acknowledge where we have struggled together and achieved much, collectively and individually, in so many care facilities and even in the streets, protecting and assisting those we care for. Collectively, we have a new agreement that united all nurses and restored and improved nurses' benefits. Many said it could not be done - but we did it. Is it enough? No, but the building blocks for future improvements in workload, staffing and benefits are there. Individually, we have saved countless lives and improved and supported the thousands whose lives we touch. It is also important for all of us to pause at this time, to look to more successes and our future as members and leaders in the great profession of nursing.
Collectively, we will continue to affect change for our patients, our province and our country. Individually, we must manage the impossible as best as possible and care for ourselves and our families in order to care for others. I want to take this time to tell each and every member of this union how much I appreciate what you do every day. As your president I recommit to dedicate my efforts in the coming year to support better conditions for you to work in, defend public health care for all based on need and not the ability to pay, and continue to advance our nursing profession in every way I can.
Please remember that we can't provide safe patient care without safe nurses. Nurses are always looking after others. Please take the time to care for yourself this holiday season.


Updated: 12/16/2016 3:08 PM

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