MNU Launches New Workload Staffing Reports

Publish date: Monday, October 01, 2018

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Workload staffing

Workload Staffing Reports (WSRs) are among the most powerful tools at nurses’ disposal for making real and lasting change in their workplaces. At a time of many changes to how health care is delivered in Manitoba, the importance of filing WSR forms is ever growing, and it is incumbent on nurses to report staffing issues and unsafe workloads as they occur.

Today (October 1, 2018), new Workload Staffing Reports (WSRs) were officially made available to MNU members. The new and improved forms feature a cleaner design, more space for written feedback, and a process flow chart. The new forms are available for members at every local/worksite across the province. Locals and worksites should replace old forms with new forms, however, old WSR forms will still be accepted for a limited time.

The launch of the new WSR forms are accompanied by a variety of educational materials to promote their use among members, and inform all parties (i.e. nurse, manager, employer, local/worksite representatives) of their responsibilities. Members are encouraged to visit manitobanurses.ca/workload-staffing-reports for more information including an info sheet and backgrounder, a PowerPoint tutorial, and the WSR process flow chart.

“WSRs are a simple and effective way to ensure nurses’ concerns are heard by the employer and the union,” said MNU President Darlene Jackson. “With all the cuts and changes happening across Manitoba’s health system, documenting the effects on patients and nurses has never been more important.”

All parties – including MNU and employer representatives – have worked diligently to improve WSRs forms for nurses. The Acute Care and Community Care were redesigned to ensure questions were phrased more concisely and clearly, while providing more writing space for describing situations and proposing solutions. As well, a Long-Term Care form was created for more accurate reporting of staffing and workload issues in specifically LTC facilities/units.

As part of efforts to make the forms more accessible for members, MNU is also working with employers to launch an online WSR form. This groundbreaking initiative will ensure confidentiality and security, while also making the forms more efficient and accessible for nurses, and delivering timely data to union and employer representatives.

For more information about WSR forms, please visit manitobanurses.ca/workload-staffing-reports. Stay tuned for more news and updates on the webpage and in MNU’s weekly e-newsletter The Pulse.

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