Break­through for LPNS

Li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses get tem­po­rary, full-time ex­ten­sions

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Three tem­po­rary, full-time li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses (LPNS) at the Pen­te­costal Home in Clarke’s Beach have been ex­tended to March 31, 2012.

That’s one ex­am­ple of the progress, which has been made be­tween the New­found­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic and Pri­vate Em­ploy­ees (NAPE) and East­ern Health re­gard­ing the sta­tus of LPNS who re­ceived no­tice of lay-off from their full time po­si­tions, ac­cord­ing to their union pres­i­dent.

An­other is that per­ma­nent po­si­tions will also be posted for per­sonal care at­ten­dants (PCAS) in Car­bon­ear and Burin.

“Fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween of­fi­cials of NAPE and East­ern Health,” Carol Fur­long said in a Nov. 29 news re­lease, “it ap­pears that sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made, at least in the in­terim.”

The lat­est break­through comes two weeks af­ter LPNS em­ployed at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Har­bour Lodge and In­ter­faith Home gath­ered out­side the re­gional hos­pi­tal in that Con­cep­tion Bay North town Nov. 16 to demon­strate against the grow­ing num­ber of LPNS be­ing laid off by East­ern Health. They were joined by other health care pro­fes­sion­als from Clarke’s Beach and Placentia.

Mean­while, 15 tem­po­rary, full-time LPNS at Hoyles-ex­ca­soni have now been ex­tended to Sept. 30, 2012.

Five tem­po­rary, full-time LPNS at Agnes Pratt Home have been ex­tended to March 31, 2012.

As a min­i­mum, all other tem­po­rary, full­time LPNS in long-term care sites with East­ern Health have been ex­tended to Jan. 28, 2012.

Fur­long stated, “this ex­ten­sion of em­ploy­ment of tem­po­rary LPNS and PCAS pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for East­ern Health, in con­sul­ta­tion with NAPE, to plan for a long- term strat­egy to deal with this on­go­ing is­sue — a strat­egy which will hope­fully have the least pos­si­ble neg­a­tive im­pact on our mem­bers.”

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