Nurses union boss ac­claimed to sev­enth term

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Re­cruit­ment, re­ten­tion and im­prov­ing the work­place for nurses will re­main a big fo­cus for the New­found­land and Labrador Nurses Union ( NLNU) over the next three years.

Deb­bie For­ward made that prom­ise last week after be­ing ac­claimed to head the NLNU for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive term. Her next two-year term be­gins Jan. 1, 2012 and runs un­til Dec. 31, 2014.

“De­spite a strong col­lec­tive agree­ment and con­tin­ued re­cruit­ment, reg­is­tered nurses strug­gle daily with de­mand­ing work­loads,” said the vet­eran union boss.

“ We must con­tinue our ef­forts in this area.

“ Work­ing with em­ploy­ers and gov­ern­ment to address vi­o­lence in the work­place, which im­pacts all front­line health care work­ers, will also be a big pri­or­ity,” For­ward noted in a news re­lease.

A long-time nurs­ing ad­vo­cate at the provin­cial and na­tional lev­els, For­ward has been a reg­is­tered nurse for 31 years. She is cur­rently serv­ing her six­teenth con­sec­u­tive year as NLNU pres­i­dent.

“I’m ready and ea­ger to meet the chal­lenges that lie ahead, in­clud­ing our up­com­ing round of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing,” For­ward vowed.

“As al­ways, I re­main com­mit­ted to be­ing a voice for reg­is­tered nurses and an ad­vo­cate for qual­ity health care for our pa­tients.”

Mean­while, Mary Prideaux, RN, St. John’s, will serve her fifth term as vi­cepres­i­dent. Wendy Dale Wood­ford, RN, St. An­thony, will be­gin her first term as sec­re­tary-trea­surer after serv­ing three terms as are­gion­al­board rep­re­sen­ta­tive. They were also ac­claimed to those posts.

Eleven re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tives also sit on the board. Po­si­tions were open for mem­ber nom­i­na­tions, with the Re­gion 2 ( St. An­thony and sur­round­ing ar­eas) and three Re­gion 9 (St. John’s) po­si­tions be­ing con­tested.

A mem­ber­ship vote on the con­tested po­si­tions will be con­ducted with bal­lots to be re­ceived on or be­fore Sept. 30. The re­main­ing re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive po­si­tions have been ac­cepted by ac­cla­ma­tion.

The NLNU rep­re­sents more than 5,400 reg­is­tered nurses work­ing in acute care, long-term care, com­mu­nity, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

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