Coronavirus healthcare workers

12 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Dr. Fred McGinn, Dr. Cheryl Pollard, Tanya Heuver, Paul M Kerr

Provide an alternative to virtual clinical courses for MacEwan Nursing students.

To Whom It May Concern, We have received information outlining the changes to the upcoming clinical semester for students in the 2nd and 3rd year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. We understand that this is an unprecedented and chaotic time, and we appreciate and commend the hard work and effort of the University to meet current educational requirements while mitigating the risks and challenges that come with COVID-19. As you can imagine, there have been strong reactions among students. Some are experiencing relief, but many are feeling great disappointment as we consider how our learning will be impacted in the future. As a collective, we are particularly concerned about the negative impact and consequences on our learning with the hybrid/online delivery of clinical courses in our upcoming 2021 winter semester. It is our utmost responsibility and an ethical requirement as outlined by the CNA (2017) that we “advocate for quality practice environments that support the delivery of safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care.” We ask that the University give serious consideration to the ethical standards stated in the Code of Ethics that we future RNs must meet and uphold with integrity. Recent research completed by Devi, Khandelwal, and Das (2019) concluded that video-based learning is no substitute for clinical setting learning, but can rather be used to supplement clinical setting learning. We believe that the current decision to provide virtual delivery of our clinical courses is not nearly sufficient in preparing us with the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide safe and competent care as future practicing RNs. Nor will the online/hybrid delivery of our clinical courses ever be equivalent to the hands-on clinical experience. We believe that to maintain and uphold the integrity of the nursing profession, we need the training and clinical experience to meet such standards with excellence, as opposed to only meeting a minimal standard. Each of us has chosen to entrust our finances and our futures to MacEwan University due to the high-quality, comprehensive nursing education and the program provided in previous years. The competencies required for entry to practice as RNs not only draw from the cognitive domain but also the social, behavioural, psychomotor, affective, and ethical domains. Not all of these domains can be adequately developed when an entire semester of clinical practice is replaced by primarily virtual experiences. In light of the shift to virtual clinical experiences, we are requesting that the faculty allow the option for 2nd- and 3rd-year students to proceed to 3rd- and 4th-year theory courses for the upcoming Winter 2021 semester. While we understand that the pandemic will still be a variable in Fall 2021, it seems that by that time, there will be more viable opportunities for us to learn in a clinical setting. Clinical placements can then be better accommodated and can take place sequentially. We understand that the option to withdraw and extend our program is available to us; however, this places the burden of such a choice on each individual when a viable alternative should and can exist with the grant of your permission. Our request is rooted in a desire for our cohort to graduate as competent, capable nurses. We ask that you, the Faculty, give our request the fair and reasonable consideration it deserves.

Levi Klassen
440 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford, François Legault, John Horgan, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister, Scott Moe, Stephen McNeil, Blaine Higgs, Dwight Ball, Dennis King, Caroline Cochrane, Sandy Silver, Joe Savikataaq

Mandatory universal masking to help stop the spread of COVID-19 #masks4all

At the time of this update COVID-19 has killed over 5,300 Canadians, resulted in record unemployment and devastated the our economy.  Businesses have closed and we have distanced ourselves from our friends and families. It is in all our interest to stop the spread of disease. Models of COVID-19 transmission show that if a sufficient proportion of people wear effective masks that the infection will burn out. Countries which have enacted mask laws or have a culture where mask use is the norm, have generally outperformed their counterparts in suppressing transmission, and scientific studies have shown that masks act as a barrier to transmission. In order to help stop spread of  COVID-19 in Canada the general public should be expected to wear masks in public indoor, or enclosed spaces, and outdoors when social distancing can't be maintained. As time is of the essence to achieve this change of behaviour we need government to act to ensure Canadians are mandated to wear masks outside of their homes. When there is sufficient supply the government should provide Canadians with medical masks, until then cloth masks should be used by the public. Government agencies should also work to determine which cloth mask designs are most effective in the interim and provide guidance to the public their use Below I've attached a few references and links: This site nicely summarizes why you should wear a mask in further detail: If you are more interested in a scientific articles here is a good review: as is this one: Wearing a mask significantly significantly reduced detectable virus in respiratory droplets: Modelling of mask usage in influenza shows that widespread adoption is important to control disease: group of scientists and economists from Yale state the following  “We estimate that the benefits of each additional cloth mask worn by the public are conservatively in the $3,000-$6,000 range due to their impact in slowing the spread of the virus. The benefits of each medical mask for healthcare personnel may be hundreds of times larger, and there is an ethical imperative to safeguard frontline healthcare workers. We must both encourage universal mask adoption and deal with the urgent policy priority that front-line healthcare workers face shortages of personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators and surgical masks.”  A few addition references regarding mask use: If you don't have access to a mask right now You can make your own. Here’s the CDC guide followed by additional resources. If you prefer to watch a video rather than read here's Jeremy Howard on masks4all: #masks4al #Masks4allCanadians #universalmasking

Matthew Butcher
48,313 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ministry of Health Patty Hajdu, Provincial and Territorial Premiers, Provincial and Territorial Ministry of Health

Canadian Nurses Deserve Hazard Pay For Pandemics

I am writing to the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, to request that front-line health care providers, in particular nurses, receive hazard pay for the Covid-19 pandemic as a federal government incentive. As front-line providers, nurses have an essential role in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness. This is a job that already has inclusive risks and stress on a daily basis. During a new viral pandemic, such as Covid-19, there is limited information. The limited information not only furthers the daily risks associated with our work but also increases stress as nurses adapt to constantly changing work environments. Nurses are facing a viral war, and we are asking that we receive hazard pay just as those deployed to a physical war would receive. Nursing during a pandemic is the definition of hazardous. Nurses are risking their health and safety caring for members of our communities who are symptomatic, or even more dangerously so, those that are not. Not only does this pose a risk to the provider themselves, but as well those with families, roommates and partners. With limited information on the evolving pandemic, there are increased stressors such as lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), costs associated with driving to work due to limiting public interaction and the potential transmission of Covid-19 to family members. When considering PPE, the PPE being worn by our health care professionals is bare bones in comparison to the PPE being worn in Wuhan, China.  Nurses are showing up for the public, and I am asking that there be financial compensation for this increased risk and stress. Nurses are risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We know this viral pandemic is killing healthcare providers, both young and old. We know that nurses are quarantining from their families in this stressful time for fear of infecting them. We know this is causing psychological distress.  Please sign this petition for your local nurses. We are asking for the federal government to compensate nurses for hazardous situations.  ***I would also like to NOTE all essential services deserve hazard pay. However, for now I decided to write this petition to be inclusive of nurses only as that's my expertise. I am willing to work with other front-line workers to add this petition to or create their own to support each other. We all deserve hazard pay*** 

Nurse RN
42,348 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau

Support for Nurses - Healthcare Heroes working during COVID-19

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Ford, COVID-19 is growing exponentially in our community.   NurseCare Link is the voice of this petition alongside thousands of front-line Healthcare Heroes who deserved to be recognized. We take great pride in our professions and in taking care of our community. When choosing this career, we vowed to provide exemplary care for our patients, prevent disease and illness all while promoting health and wellbeing. Healthcare workers rise each day and meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, at risk to their own health and that of their families. As front-line Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency (ER) Registered Nurses (RN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) ourselves, we are calling on our fellow Nurses to sign this petition to receive the 30% tax reduction we deserve. We see that you have worked very hard to allocate resources, benefits, incentives, supplements, and hazard pay to other professions. Yet, there has been NOTHING done for the front-line nurses who are asked to work tirelessly in adverse conditions, with inadequate resources, and care for these very sick patients. We are requesting a 30% tax reduction for all front-line nurses who are working, and will continue to work as soldiers in this war against COVID-19. Sign the petition! Support all Nurses!  Thank you. Sincerely, Nurses of Ontario (Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners) Jasleen Puri, BScN, MN, FNP Gurleen Puri, BScN, MN Shameeza Kassamali BScN, MN, PCNP Tanya Radstake RN

NurseCare Link
6,039 supporters