Nurses union boss acclaimed to seventh term
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.