2010-present

2010:

There was much discussion surrounding the Employer’s new “Model of Care” as it was implemented in various work sites. Patients were presenting with more complex health issues and the acuity in both acute care and long term care was creating many new challenges. One of the big concerns was that the nurse/patient ratios had not been adjusted to reflect this change.

The “Research to Action” project was being championed by CFNU and PEINU with government funding. This project developed continuing education in areas of skill shortage; more specifically the implementation of a PEI based Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Program.

Frustration with government was increasing. They appeared to listen to concerns, but the decisions they made in relation to health care delivery did not reflect the same level of understanding and respect for Registered Nurses. They didn’t work on “Island made solutions” – working together to find solutions. Instead, they accepted direction from external organizations that had no ownership in how the changes would affect Islanders.

PEINU spent most of the year preparing for the rollout of the MOC in 4 showcase units.

Mona O’Shea was elected President in May, 2010.

Health PEI was newly established – a Crown corporation that would take over management of the delivery of health services in the province from the Department of Health. All but a few of PEINU members would transfer to the new employer. An arbitration would address issues of the few RNs who would remain under the Department of Health.

In late February, the union relocated to its new office building on 10 Paramount Drive. This new space brought opportunities for growth and education to the membership.

2011:

PEINU developed a MOC Committee to deal with the numerous issues arising out of the MOC changes. The committee was instrumental in negotiating conditions for continued employment for RNs impacted by staffing reductions.

Unregulated allied health care workers started working in acute care settings for the first time ever. Nurses continued to struggle with workload issues, MOC changes, and excessive overtime.

The Research to Action project was successful, seeing 17 RNs obtain certification in Critical Care and Emergency Care Nursing in 2010. Proposal for continuation of the project was presented to Government in early November, 2010. This would see PEI having a Critical Care and Emergency Care Nursing Program. Members would no longer be required to travel off Island to take the course.

Wage Re-opener arbitration in December, 2010 resulted in PEINU members receiving a 2.5% wage increase for the 2010-11 contract year.

A new contract was ratified in the Fall of 2011 which included no lay-off provisions for the term ending March 31, 2014.

PEINU hired a new Communications Education & Research Officer to assist with both internal and external PR, membership, education and research support. The position became permanent on June 18, 2012.