In The News

RN cuts across Ontario workplaces continue to make headlines in our communities. Check out some of the more recent articles and read updates from ONA about the next steps for ONA’s campaign:

ONA calls a code on health-care funding, RN cuts and workplace violence against nurses (January 9, 2017)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is getting loud about the health-care system concerns of front-line registered nurses, calling a code to highlight issues with health-care funding, registered nurse cuts and the violent attacks on registered nurses and allied health professionals.

ONA says workplace violence will increase as Royal Ottawa, Brockville Mental Health cut registered nurses (December 6, 2016)

The President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is shocked at cuts to Registered Nurses (RNs) at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Brockville Mental Health, saying that workplace violence will increase in the wake of the cuts.

RNs raise the alarm about unsafe staffing levels (December 5, 2016)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and its front-line registered nurse (RN) members working at Hogarth Riverview Manor are calling for increased funding and more RN staffing at the nursing home.

The Truth Hurts: ONA Launches Public Awareness ads (October 11, 2016)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is again taking its concerns to the public about prolonged registered nurse (RN) cuts in the province’s hospitals to illustrate the significant impact that RN cuts are having on patients.

Nurses Know – Campaign Update, June 2016. Since January, the Nurses Know campaign has had a strong presence both provincially and in many local communities experiencing RN cuts. The province-wide advertising campaign included television, radio, transit, print and social media. Provincial advertising reached hundreds of thousands of Ontarians in every region. Find out our next steps for ONA’s Nurses Know campaign.

What is ailing Ontario Health Care? Nurses Know (February 16, 2016)

Ontario registered nurses know what is ailing Ontario’s health-care system and urge the public to recognize and speak out regarding the special role their care plays in health care.

Ontario Nurses Say Enough is Enough – Concessions and Layoffs Must Stop Now (February 12, 2016)

Ontario nurses say enough is enough following three futile weeks of bargaining with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). Contract talks came to an abrupt halt when the OHA team made a final offer which would result in the gutting of our wages, benefits and job security.

Registered Nurse cuts hit Toronto hospitals: ONA President says “enough is enough” (February 4, 2016)

Barely into 2016, registered nurse (RN) positions are being cut in increasing numbers as Ontario hospitals gut positions to balance budgets. Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says that 2016 is turning into a “disaster” for patient care and it’s now hitting Toronto hospitals.

St. Joseph’s Hamilton cuts 61 RNs putting patients at risk (February 2, 2016)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says the elimination of 61 front-line Registered Nurses (RNs) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton will put patients at risk. The hospital announced today that it is cutting 61 RN positions with widespread cuts in units that include: recovery room, neo-natal intensive care, operating room, nephrology (kidney program), cardiology, acute mental health, complex care, respirology, pre-surgery assessment, dialysis, day surgery, medicine, medical rehab and geriatric outreach. Of particular concern are the introduction of RPNs into the recovery room and neonatal intensive care, which are critical care areas requiring the advanced assessment and clinical skills of RNs for these unpredictable patients. ONA believes there is a place for RNs and RPNs in the health care system, however the gutting of RN positions and forcing RPNs to care for unpredictable, complex patients is putting their nursing licenses at risk.

Severe lack of Registered Nurses at Hogarth Riverview Manor leaves residents at risk (Jan. 20, 2016)

Hogarth Riverview Manor management’s failure to staff has resulted in a severe lack of registered nurses (RNs), risking the care and safety of its vulnerable residents and violating legislated RN staffing levels. “This is an unsafe, unacceptable situation for our residents,” says Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “It is outrageous that this facility, which boasts of providing “high-quality, client-centered care,” is doing anything but.”

Registered Nurses at Windsor Regional Say Cuts are Far Worse For Our Patients Than First Thought (Jan. 18, 2016)

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) representatives have received formal notice of the Windsor Regional Hospital’s massive cuts to its Registered Nurse (RN) staff. A total of 169 RN positions, including full- and part-time jobs, are being cut. The cuts will affect just about every program by way of direct layoffs, not filling vacant positions, reduction in hours, replacing RNs with Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), or the closure of full programs.

Windsor Regional Hospital to Cut 126 Registered Nurse Positions: Nurses Know that patients will suffer (January 12, 2016)

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says that patients will pay the price following Windsor Regional Hospital’s announcement that it will cut approximately 126 full-time registered nurse (RN) positions.

Quinte Health Care Cuts 33 Full-Time, 12 Part-Time Registered Nurses, Risks Patient Safety (Nov. 20, 2015)

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says that the management of Quinte Health Care has invented a new magical language to paint a prettier picture of its cuts to registered nurses that threaten the safety of patients needing care.

Front-line Registered Nurses Say The Truth Hurts. Nurses Know. It’s time for a moratorium on RN cuts

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has launched an ambitious new province-wide campaign to educate the public, enabling them to understand the impact of extensive and serious cuts to their health care.

“The Truth Hurts. Nurses Know” is the theme of the campaign. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, explains that “registered nurses are educated and skilled professionals and the most trusted patient care advocates. As front-line care providers working in every sector of the health-care system, we are in a position to open the conversation about the multitude of issues that are contributing to a decline in our patients’ health-care system. It’s time for a moratorium on RN cuts.”

October 20, 2015: Toronto’s Runnymede Healthcare Centre Cuts Registered Nurse care by half

Patients at Runnymede Healthcare Centre in Toronto will face an increase risk of suffering complications and even higher death rates in the wake of the hospital’s decision to cut its complement of registered nurses (RNs) by half.

September 21, 2015: North Bay Hospital cuts are gutting RN care and devastating patient care.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says that job cuts and bed closures at North Bay Regional Health Centre have “turned a slow bleed into the ex-sanguination of patient care” and is decrying misinformation released by hospital management.

Aug. 24, 2015: ONA Launches new ad campaign in Kingston. “The Truth Hurts” Campaign to inform the public about threats to health care.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is launching a new ad campaign in Kingston today. “The Truth Hurts. Nurses Know.” is the theme of the campaign that will pop up around the city’s transit shelters, bus exteriors and benches. The multi-media ads inform Kingston residents of some of the facts facing not just Ontario’s registered nurses, but also their patients.