For Immediate Release – March 10, 2016
Saskatoon – The members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU-West) invite everyone in Saskatchewan to join them in recognizing the significant contributions made by nursing team members who work as Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) during National Nursing Week celebrations on May 9 to 16, 2016.
“We are very proud of the diverse roles that all of our members play in delivery of quality public health care services,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Nursing week, in particular, allows us to highlight CCAs and LPNs as the knowledgeable and compassionate care providers they are. Our members are dedicated to the well-being of their patients, clients and residents in their care.”
As part of nursing week, the Ministry of Health has designated May 12th CCA Day and May 13th as LPN Day in Saskatchewan. Whether it’s your community nursing home, hospital or home care services, the SEIU-West family of nursing is there to ensure you receive quality hands-on care to meet your medical and health care needs.
LPNs are responsible for a variety of hands-on nursing care duties. For example, an LPN working as a part of the endoscopy team will be screening for colon, bladder, and stomach cancer; an LPN in a medical ward will administer medications, take vital signs, check blood sugars, do wound care, dressing changes and perform IV insertions. Full Scope LPN’s are able to assess patients, admit them and provide all of their nursing care requirements.
CCAs are the front line workers who are able to identify a change in the condition of a resident which requires attention. For a CCA in Long-Term Care, daily duties are centered on the provision of personal care; from bathing, Transfer Lift Reposition (TLR) tasks, dressing and all of a resident’s care needs. They provide dignity to people in their final days or assist someone to regain their independence. CCAs in home care use their skills to allow people to remain safely in their homes, as long as possible.
Cape added, “We hope that the public will recognize and value the full range of professional skills offered by our CCA and LPN members of the nursing team. Join us in celebrating the entire nursing team.”
SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand health care providers in the province of Saskatchewan. They include continuing care assistants, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, food service workers, laundry, housekeeping and activity personnel, maintenance, sterile processing workers and administrative staff, among others. They are united by one union, SEIU-West and one colour, purple. Purple works in our communities! Visit www.PurpleVotes.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West.
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