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March​​​​​ - April 2017


In this issue: read about how BCNU members are saving lives in the midst of the province's opioid overdose crisis. And find out more about the union's new province-wide violence prevention campaign.

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Saving Lives​​

The massive increase in opioid-related overdose deaths that took off last year continues to affect nearly every part of BC’s health care system. From St. Paul’s to Royal Inland Hospital and in communities across BC, nurses and other first responders have been struggling under difficult circumstances – but they are saving lives every day.​ 


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Violence is NOT Part of the Job

The individual who recently wandered into the emergency room at Boundary District Hospital in Grand Forks and pulled out a gun is a chilling reminder of just how dangerous health care workplaces can be.  


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Sechelt Rejects For-Profit Care Home

Vancouver Coastal Health’s unilateral decision to replace two 30-year-old publicly owned care homes in Sechelt with a single privatized facility has angered residents and staff, while deeply offending the local community.​ 





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Legal Attack on Public Health Care Begins

After more than seven years of procedural delays, the long-awaited trial between BC for-profit surgical clinics and the provincial government began in BC Supreme Court last Sept. 6.  
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​Help in Times of Need

Sharmaine Sarmento is a new grad who has recently started working at Langley Memorial Hospital. She’s happy to be starting on a new chapter of her life, but says that if it wasn’t for BCNU, her nursing journey may have ended before it even began.
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Think Before You Post​

The social media landscape changed for nurses last October when the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) discipline committee charged Carolyn Strom with professional misconduct.

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Updated: 3/24/2017 4:33 PM

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