Breakthrough for LPNS
Licensed practical nurses get temporary, full-time extensions
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.”