November 2016   Comments

Wrong messaging

We were disappointed to open the September issue of the magazine to see a prominently displayed advertisement on page 3. The Huggies ad brags about nurses being overworked (“12 hour shift”), hungry (“skipped lunch”) and physically exhausted (“walked 10 kilometers today”) and suggests we wouldn’t change a thing. It suggests we are proud of working in these conditions and fails to acknowledge the risks that these conditions pose to patients. This ad minimizes so many of the things our profession and CNA have been fighting for, including safe patient care through improved working conditions. This messaging has no place in our professional nursing magazine. We are stunned that CNA would support it.

– Hannah Varto, NP(F), MN, SANE-A, and Ken McDonald, RN, MN
Burnaby, B.C.

Inconsistent approach

The September issue had an article on medical assistance in dying (MAID). It also contained an abstract of an article on the management of the public health crisis that is the suicide rate, suggesting new methodology to address this preventable concern. As well, I found an article that lauds the development of pediatric palliative care, which seems much more consistent with our philosophy of providing care and support for those nearing death or experiencing great suffering.

If we support MAID, then why are we trying to prevent suicide? Following that philosophy, suicide is a reasonable option and should not be prevented. If, however, we don’t support MAID, we should indeed develop an intervention to decrease the incidence of suicide; offering MAID in this circumstance would be contrary to our efforts.

– Norma Johnson, RN
Langley, B.C.

Something to consider

In the deep, cold months of winter, I volunteered to work as a nurse at a five-day summer gathering in P.E.I. of more than 900 Canadian teenagers. It wasn’t until I read an article in an American online journal that I realized I was not licensed to practise in that province. Calls to the nursing regulatory bodies in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. and to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society confirmed that it was not recommended I volunteer as an RN in P.E.I. unless I was registered there (at a cost of about $500).

I understand that in the U.S., certain state nursing regulatory bodies allow nurses to work across state borders at summer camps for up to two weeks. Perhaps we should consider this in Canada as well.

– Gillian Power, RN, NP
Halifax, N.S.

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