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Support, Recognition and Respect for Registered Nurses Increases

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Support, Recognition and Respect for Registered Nurses Increases

Regina (May 12, 2009) - Results of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) Membership Survey released today indicate over half the RNs and Nurse Practitioners RN(NP)s say the most important issues to ensure quality nursing are recruiting and retaining nurses. In general, despite challenging workloads in healthcare, RNs feel the support, recognition and respect they are receiving has increased over the past four years. In particular, staffing and safety issues have been improving over the past two years, a reversal of a former 2005 trend.

"Not only do we see strong support in the healthcare workplace, results of our biennial membership survey also clearly show we are on the right track focusing on the need for continuing competence support. New knowledge requires strong support for ongoing professional learning" says Donna Brunskill, RN, Executive Director (SRNA).

"Surveying our membership is a critical component for our public and member accountability," continued Brunskill. "The staff and governing Council of SRNA work diligently to achieve a number of targets based on ongoing public and member consultations and the public trusts us to continually ensure their safety through professional self-regulation."

Highlights of the 2009 biennial survey include:

  • RN(NP)s are experiencing an increasingly high level of acceptance and support by their health team members. Although RN(NP)s believe more could be done to enhance the public's understanding about the role of Nurse Practitioners in the province, over 90% state they are practicing in client-centered interdisciplinary teams;
  • Familiarity with SRNA?s Continuing Competence Program has increased significantly and over 95% of RNs are confident their competencies match the current standard for professional nursing care;
  • Between 2005 and 2009, putting a name to health providers increased by wearing nametags, introducing themselves and explaining their role to their clients increased as more common practices;
  • In the area of staffing, the average ratings showed a trend reversal, almost identical to 2005, but significantly better than the 2007 results;
  • RNs in direct care were generally less satisfied with their work conditions (for example, staffing, support and appreciation) than their counterparts in Education, Administration or Policy areas; and
  • RNs support the SRNA focus on Professional Regulation.

The 2009 survey completed 660 interviews and was conducted by Gryphon Reputation Management and Arcas NorSask Consumer Interviewing. The survey would yield a general margin of error of plus or minus 3.8% at the 95% confidence level for RNs.

A full copy of the report is available on SRNA's website at

About the SRNA

Established in 1917 by provincial legislation, SRNA is the professional, self-regulatory body for the province?s approximately 9,300 Registered Nurses, including over 100 Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioners. The Registered Nurses Act (1988) describes SRNA?s mandate in setting standards of education and practice for the profession and registered nurses to ensure competent nursing care for the public. The SRNA is committed to speaking out on healthcare issues that are in the public interest.

For more information contact:

Shelley Svedahl, Manager, Communications & Government Relations
Phone: 359-4216 or Cell: 533-3945
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