The disturbing sound of silence

The SRNA’s relentless attack on Carolyn Strom for the last two years has so far felt like a dramatic comedy. Their reaction to her critique of the quality of care her grandfather received in his final days has made us alternatively laugh, at the ridiculousness of the arguments of the SRNA, and cry, at the violence with which they…

Le silence troublant des institutions

La charge impitoyable que le SRNA mène depuis deux ans contre Carolyn Strom emprunte son ambivalence aux comédies dramatiques. La façon dont cet ordre a réagi aux commentaires de Strom sur la qualité des soins dispensés à son grand-père dans les derniers moments de sa vie nous a alternativement fait rire – le ridicule consommé des arguments du SRNA – et pleurer – la…

Nursing Students Want to Talk About Mandatory Overtime and Quality of Care

As final-year nursing students, we are concerned about the recent hospital funding changes in Ontario which are impacting the quality of patient care, and requiring both nurses and students to engage in increased amounts of mandatory overtime (OT). We are especially concerned that mandatory OT is becoming a permanent solution to staffing shortages, risky patient-to-nurse…

When nurses muzzle their own

We are Registered Nurses from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec who take our profession, our reputation and our image extremely seriously. We have read with great interest and concern the complete decision[1] rendered by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) on October 18, 2016 following a complaint filed against Registered Nurse Carolyn Strom, in the wake…

Nursing Students Want to Talk About Silence

We, as nursing students, are disturbed and concerned by the recent events surrounding Carolyn Strom’s disciplinary hearing. After having witnessed what nurse Strom considers inadequate care for her dying grandfather, she posted a critique of the care home in which he spent his final days. Even though she is evidently distraught by the passing of…

Inaction on the Opioid Crisis is Political Negligence

Canada is currently facing an overwhelming opioid crisis, with staggering numbers of overdoses and overdose-related deaths. For those of us who work with marginalized populations, this crisis and the inaction of politicians are all too familiar. We have seen this crisis before. We have seen hundreds of sex workers being abducted and killed in Vancouver….

The Opioid Crisis is a Palliative Care Crisis

People are dying. This is the reality that haunts me as I make my way to work this morning – to start another day as a professor of palliative care nursing. In my work, death neither surprises nor disturbs me. I have sat by the bedside of countless people as they took their last breaths….

Nursing Organizations Missed the Mark on the Opioid Crisis, Now What?

Canada is currently facing an overwhelming opioid overdose crisis, with staggering numbers that we have never seen before: Overdose-related deaths have increased 327% since 2008[1]. 6 or 7 Canadians die every day from an opioid overdose[2]. In British Columbia, 800 people are expected to die this year alone[1]. From the beginning of 2016 to Oct….

Radical Nurse Emma Goldman

On September 14th, The Radical Nurse interviewed Dr. Cynthia A. Connolly, Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. In 2010, she published a wonderful article on Emma Goldman. Goldman has been one of the most influential radical…

“Anarchism for Health”

The Radical Nurse begins the new academic year by featuring an article published in the most recent issue of Perspectives, a journal published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies. This article was chosen because it clearly demonstrates the value of applying radical thought to health care issues and challenging the capitalist organization of the health…

La ‘science’ de la fréquence des bains pour nos aînés

Dernièrement, les médias rapportaient que le Ministre de la Santé et des services sociaux, le Dr. Gaétan Barrette, c’était basé sur des recherches scientifiques pour établir la balise qu’un bain par semaine était suffisant pour nos aînés en CHSLD. La recherche existe, et démontre effectivement qu’on peut s’en tenir à un bain par semaine sans…