MNU president presents to international council in Australia

Publish date: Thursday, May 23, 2013

MNU President

Nursing profession

Sandi Mowat

MNU president Sandi Mowat is currently in Australia, attending the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses, where she made several presentations on successful Manitoba campaigns and programs and cost effectiveness and the nursing team.

MNU president Sandi Mowat and Linda Silas of CFNU are at the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of NursesMowat pointed to the fact that MNU holds the distinction of being one of the first nurses unions in Canada to represent all categories of nurses.

“We know from experience that when 11,000 nurses of all categories work together they can effect real change in health care,” she said.

She also presented on Manitoba’s portion of the Research to Action pilot project and enhanced orientation program which focused on recruiting and retaining long term care nurses. The project which paired experienced nurses (mentors) with new nurses (protégées) has received many positive reviews, and has been adopted in several national and international jurisdictions.

During her visit, Mowat also met with the leaders of the Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) and presented on MNU's successful workplace violence strategies.

Mowat is part of the Canadian delegation comprised of CFNU president Linda Silas and presidents from all the CFNU member organisations. They are meeting with more than 1,000 nursing leaders from 130 countries to discuss equity and access to health care.

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