Nurses wear white in support of safe patient care

Publish date: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

MNU president Sandi Mowat, dressed in white, today met with nurses at the Misericordia Health Centre, as part of the Wear White Wednesday campaign to show nurses’ commitment for putting patients first and to raise awareness about the ongoing cuts to front line health care services.

“This community is losing a vital service with the upcoming closure of the Urgent Care. Many of these nurses will be losing their jobs yet their commitment to patient care and patient safety is unwavering,” she said. “Patient safety is always our number one priority and we are concerned that cuts to front line health services will compromise patient care.”

The Wear White Wednesday campaign began on July 5, 2017, and since then, on every subsequent Wednesday, hundreds of nurses from across the province, from Winnipeg to as far north as Norway House, have dressed in white, some wearing “Put Patients First” buttons, to show their commitment to safe, quality patient care.

Mowat said that nurses across the province are already stretched thin and that in both urban and rural facilities, the rate of admissions is outpacing the number of staff available to provide care.

“There are some long-term care facilities where one nurse is caring for more than 50 patients,” she said. “In the Pas, nurses are so short staffed and patient acuity is so high that nurses are concerned that they are unable to meet their standards of practice.”

Nurses from across the province will continue to wear white on Wednesdays, for the foreseeable future, to show their commitment to the preservation of safe patient care.

“Manitobans have already lost a number of important services and unfortunately, all indications point to more cuts to front line health services,” she said. “Nursing extends well beyond the bedside. We have a responsibility to speak out for our patients to ensure they are received the best possible care. We will continue to hold the government accountable.”

 

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