Island nurses are requiring answers following a series of resignations and personnel changes at the P.E.I. Nurses’ Union.
The vice-president, treasurer and secretary all resigned days apart in mid-December leaving only Mona O’Shea, president, on the executive board.There has actually likewise been a turnover in 2 of the leading jobs at the nurses union, the executive director and an interactions officer.
Nurses distributed a formal demand requiring an unique conference to deal with the concerns over the resignations and personnel modifications.
That meeting was held Wednesday night.
More than 200 nurses remained in participation. More participated in by conference call. The nurses union represents more than 1,200 nurses.
‘It’s really distressing’
Zellah Johnston, who served as secretary of the P.E.I. Nurses’ Union until she resigned last month, saidshe had hoped some of her issues would have been dealt with throughout the members-only meeting. However she said nurses left the conference sensation a lot more disappointed.
“I have actually lost self-confidence in the president and the present board,”stated Johnston, who has actually belonged to the nurses union for more than 4 years. “It’s regrettable. It’s really upsetting to all of our members to seem like this is where we landed.”
CBC News connected to the two other executive members who resigned however did not receive remark. CBC News has actually not had the ability to pinpoint what issues remain in dispute.
In an emailed statement to CBC News, Mona O’Shea, president of the P.E.I. Nurses’ Union, said, “As a democratic organization, we understand that disagreements are bound to develop– that healthy and considerate debates are foregone conclusion.”
The statement went on the say, “We will continue to discover services to address the nursing scarcity, improve office conditions and protect Canada’s public health-care system.”
The P.E.I. Nurses’ Union continues to run with an interim executive.
‘Subscription is really worried’
Andrea Greenan, a Registered Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, stated she shares Johnston’s concerns.
“The PEINU remains in turmoil today and the subscription is really worried about how well the very best interest of the RNs and NPs are being represented at this level,” she said.
CBC News spoke to several nurses throughout P.E.I. who revealed similar issues to that of Johnston and Greenan.
CBC News also reached out to the former executive director and former interactions officer. Neither wished to do an interview. None of the current board members CBC News reached would comment.
Johnston said the next step depends on the members.
But she stated the public has a reason to be worried.
“If the nurses’ workplace is in chaos, then the workplace is unable to deal successfully with the concerns of the nurses at the bedside and if nurses have issues at the bedside then that ultimately affects patient care.”
Health Minister James Aylward stated he was not aware of what was occurring within the nurses union. He stated as a non-government organization, he would “not be privy to any internal union issues.”
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