Category Archive: health policy

Apr 21

Election update 2: Meeting my WR candidate

I was able to meet with my local Wildrose candidate on Friday, April 20th, and spent about 30 minutes with him discussing topics of concern to this Registered Nurse. I asked him about the implications of his party’s stand on dismantling Alberta Health Services, and what he thought that might accomplish. He admitted that he …

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Apr 15

Election update 1: meeting my candidates

So, today I met with my local candidates in the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties. I’d like to bring you up to speed on what I learned. My focus in each meeting was to share some information from a registered nursing perspective, and leave them with a question to ponder. I learned: Politicians are people …

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Apr 15

RNs and Alberta Election 2012

This is the election of the decade, maybe of the last couple of decades in Alberta. For the first time, the status quo is being challenged, and voices from all sides of the political spectrum are being heard…and votes are being courted. Couple that with the leading place of health care on the agenda and the …

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May 27

The health care “system”.

You know, language is powerful. We throw the word “system” around in relation to our health care in such a way as to assume that it actually exists, a “system” of health care. Webster’s online dictionary has 15 different variations of the definition of system, but the jist is this: “a group of independent but interrelated …

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May 02

Is caring practice disappearing?

A nursing executive that I greatly admire told me a story the other day, and I have her permission to retell it here. She recounted to me how a newer staff member in her department sought her out to talk about something she had found upsetting and confusing. The staff member described a recent shift …

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