Nurses unite in Dublin

Publish date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Members of the Manitoba Nurses Union traveled to Dublin, Ireland as part of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union delegation for the Global Nurses United summit.

The two-day conference brought together more than 60 nurse leaders, from 15 countries, who shared struggles with achieving safe patient care, issues with working conditions, dealing with workplace violence and much more.

CFNU president Linda Silas opened the discussion on workplace violence, during which the workplace safety and health regulations achieved by MNU were recognized as being some of the best in Canada.

MNU’s research and lobbying efforts regarding post-traumatic stress disorder in the nursing profession were also highlighted.

There was also a series of discussions about nursing in conflict zones and a commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. The rising was one of the main factors in the establishment of the Irish Free State – now the Republic of Ireland – in 1922, following a treaty agreement in 1921.The presentation looked at the role of nurses and midwives in the events that took place during the 1916 uprising.

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