Canada Nurses

This Husband's Tribute To His Nurse Wife Will Make You Grateful

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living

This is going to tug at the heartstrings.

Nurses Are Not Getting The Respect They Deserve

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Without a doubt, the ones that help me the most are the many wonderful nurses that I have worked with over the years. Without the help of these hard working people, who often have to carry out the most menial and unpleasant tasks, there is simply no way that my patients could get the care they deserve. This is why the current treatment of nurses by the Ontario Government is so appalling and offensive to me.

Why Is Bombardier A Better Bet Than Quebec Public Servants?

Jeff Begley | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

What's the most upsetting in all this is the speed with which the government invests large amounts in a private company for a high-risk project at the same time as it is loath to invest in public services. Our government of bankers and businessmen should remember that it is responsible for managing for the common good -- period!

Saskatoon Nurses Swarmed By Men While Walking To Their Cars

CP | CKOM | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

The incident occurred near the Royal University Hospital.

Ambulance Fees Are Obstacles on the Road to Care

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Experiencing a medical emergency is an incredibly stressful experience for patients and their families. This stress should not be compounded by worries about getting an ambulance bill they can't afford. As physicians, we know the importance of the first few minutes of an emergency situation, and the crucial role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in saving lives. And yet ambulance fees remain a significant barrier to people receiving necessary care across Canada.

It's Time to Put Healthcare on the Federal Election Agenda

Robert McMurtry | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert McMurtry

A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election -- but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare by our political parties. Apparently the subject is still on the minds of the electorate though, at least amongst my own circle of friends, colleagues and neighbours, many of whom note the leading edge of our baby-boomers have now turned 65.

It's Okay to Fail in Healthcare As Long As We Learn From Our Mistakes

Danielle Martin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle Martin

In a public healthcare system, too often system failures end up as fodder for Question Period battles rather than impetus for learning. When investments have been made in new models of health service funding and delivery that don't work out, it can be difficult to proclaim failure as a means to move toward success.

This Kind of Care Could Reduce Wait Times in Canadian Hospitals

Robert McMurtry | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert McMurtry

The continuum of patient-centred care could include a consistency of health care professionals familiar with a patient's case and who are buttressed by the flow of relevant patient history and investigations. Patient centredness by the professional care-giver would target care, communication and common ground or a shared understanding between those receiving the care and those providing it.

Why Canadian Hospitals Outperform U.S. Hospitals

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

The dismal record of for-profit hospitals illustrates the problem with running hospitals as businesses. The for-profits have higher death rates and employ fewer clinical personnel like nurses than their non-profit counterparts. But care at for-profits actually costs more, and they spend much more on the bureaucracy, a reflection of the high cost of implementing shrewd financial strategies. Canadian hospital administrators don't have to play financial games to assure their survival.

Five Ways to Control the Cost of Canadian Healthcare

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

While policy should be evidence-informed rather than belief-based, the complexity of health-system change makes it difficult to draw a straight line from one evidence-based improvement to health-system change as a whole. Improving the quality and quantity of evidence-based decision-making is perhaps the greatest challenge in systematically devising policies for bending the cost curve.

Meet the Canadian Doctor Who Prescribes Income to Treat Poverty

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

Last fall when I visited Canada, I met a Toronto doctor named Gary Bloch who has developed a poverty tool for medical practitioners. Bloch's idea was to zoom in on the social determinants of health -- food, housing, transportation -- all poverty markers linked to bad health and poor health outcomes.

Provinces Have Reined in Healthcare Costs -- But Not for Long

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

In the wake of new health expenditure data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the evidence continues to mount that Canadian public health expenditure growth is moderating. Moreover, adjusting for inflation and population growth, per capita provincial and territorial government health expenditures have actually declined since their peak in 2010.

Be Careful or You May Catch 'Fearbola'

Michelle Driedger | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Michelle Driedger

Providing effective communication is critical to ensuring health care workers feel informed and safe at work. Nursing union representatives have clearly expressed that nurses do not feel prepared for Ebola in their hospitals. Media stories have documented how personal protective equipment and training for front line health workers hasn't been available in all hospital locations across the country.

Five Things Most People Get Wrong About Canada's Health Care System

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system -- should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there. How our health system should be reformed, and in what measures, is nothing short of a national pastime in Canada. Too bad many get the facts wrong. Here are a few basics everyone should know.

Canada's Healthcare System Thrives When There's a Human Touch

Noralou Roos | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Living
Noralou Roos

It seems there is a disconnect between Canadians' personal views and their idea of how well the health system works for society at large. Canadians tout the public health care model as a big part of our national identity, say their experiences are mostly positive -- but then worry the system is failing.

How a National Drug Plan Can Boost the Canadian Economy

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Marc-Andre Gagnon

A 2013 EKOS poll showed that 78 per cent of Canadians are in favour of establishing a universal pharmacare program in Canada. In spite of self-serving lobby groups who insist that the current system is working well and should not be reformed, establishing a national drug plan is the best thing to do for patients, for employers, for employees, for taxpayers, and for the Canadian economy.

6 Reasons Why Nurses are the Unsung Heroes of the ER

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Our nurses so frequently go above and beyond the call of duty, while receiving so little recognition for their amazing work and dedication. It is a situation I feel we all should do our best to improve, so without further ado, the top reasons why nurses are my true heroes of the Emergency Room.

Healthcare Funding Is Not the Problem. It's How We're Using It

Jeff Begley | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Jeff Begley

Scientific and technological developments mean that people with complex health problems are living longer, with a better quality of life. If we want to maintain this quality of life, we have to bank on the contributions and expertise of all our nurses. I can already hear our detractors saying, "You're doing that so as to demand more pay for nurses!"

Number Of Nurses In Canada Has Risen In Last 5 Years

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The number of nurses has been rising in Canada, says a new report, but associations that represent the profession say their distribution is ...

Winnipeg Health Authority Plagued By False Job Offers, Scams

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is warning about false offers of employment being emailed to nurses and health-care workers in the P...

Why Nurses Are the Way of the Future

Gina Browne | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Gina Browne

In July, Canada's provincial and territorial premiers will be meeting as the Council of the Federation and a report from the federation's healthcare innovation working group will be on the agenda.

Let's Treat Our Hips the Same Way We Treat Our Cars

Eric Bohm | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living
Eric Bohm

Hip and knee replacements constitute a billion dollar industry. But why is it that we don't monitor the quality of our goods the same way the automotive industry does? Canada needs to adopt a series of measures to maintain records, and improve not only product quality, but customer satisfaction as well.

Supply Of Nurses Surges In Canada

CP | Anne-Marie Tobin, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Nurse practitioners are steadily gaining ground in Canada, according to a snapshot of nursing that shows overall growth of the workforce.An ...

Manitoba Premier Pledges Millions For Health Care Training

CP | Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada

WINNIPEG - Premier Greg Selinger focused on health care Thursday while Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen tried to woo voters with more on ...