September 17 is Canada's Nurses National Day of Action. BCNU is pleased to join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and other provincial nurses' unions across the country for a National Day of Action to demand provincial and federal government take action to support nurses.
Months into a deadly pandemic and well into a chronic national nursing shortage, nurses are overworked and suffering from moral injury, struggling under the weight of the national nursing shortage to provide the care patients deserve.
With the slogan, "Done Asking", nurses across Canada are raising public awareness of the repeated calls for safer workplaces and more nurses – calls which have gone unanswered for years. In BC alone, 24,000 nurses are needed to staff British Columbia's health care system by 2029.
Members have organized numerous public rallies at MLA constituency offices, virtual events and worksite activities around the province in support of the day of action, with many health care colleagues wearing black or teal scrubs in solidarity. Members are encouraged to check out photo highlights from the day's events on BCNU's Facebook and Instagram accounts, including rallies at the offices of Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan.
BCNU is encouraging the public to speak up on behalf of nurses to show their support for the need to make safe, high-quality care a priority.
Visit CFNU's website for more information on this national initiative.
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