Saturday, April 15, 2017

--Support Nurses Right To Speak Out!------#SpeakOutNurses-----This campaign is trending! $24,195 of $26k goal Raised by 409 people in 10 days Donate Now Share on Facebook Created 5 April 2017 ND Natalie Doucet on behalf of Carolyn Strom Community Regina West, SK Top Supporters

Julie Ali
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#SpeakOutNurses--and don't let the powers that be -the elite and the government itself prevent you all from doing the right thing by patients and residents. These are our most vulnerable defenceless citizens. If professionals are SLAPPED for speaking what about us? Retribution is not going to work for us. We're the families of the folks in the health care and continuing care system and we are speaking for those without a voice in our society. As for government folks? What do they care? They are complicit with this unjust set up.

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This campaign is trending!

$24,195 of $26k goal

Raised by 409 people in 10 days
Created 5 April 2017
ND
Natalie Doucet   
on behalf of Carolyn Strom

Support Nurses Right To Speak Out!

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UPDATE): We wish to thank everyone who contributed. All funds are transferred to Carolyn Strom, in case of any money left over after her legal fees are covered, we will be donating to a seniors' advocacy group.

As nurses, nursing students and nursing faculty in Canada, we are deeply disturbed by the SRNA's treatment of Carolyn Strom and wish to show our solidarity.

On February 25, 2015, nurse Carolyn Strom, after having witnessed what she considers inadequate care for her dying grandfather, posted a critique on Facebook of the long-term care home in which he spent his final days. Even though she was evidently distraught by the passing of her loved one, she nevertheless managed to bring some constructive criticism and advice to the staff that cared for her grandfather. Instead of addressing the concerns cited in the post directly, the staff and management of the long-term care facility filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), which is the regulatory body of professional nursing in the province. This complaint was received, and after a trial that lasted over two years where nurse Strom was ‘laid into’ as per witnesses, she was found guilty of professional misconduct (1-2). The SRNA wishes to impose a 30,000$ penalty; 5000$ in fines and 25,000$ to cover the cost of their investigations. This harsh penalty, according to the SRNA lawyer, serves to “ drive home” the message that nurses cannot publicly criticize their profession (3).

This last statement touches the core of the issue. Nurses are healthcare  professionals and as such are rightfully held to high standards. They should always act in the best interest of the people they care for. But those standards should NOT include self-censorship and renouncing their right to speak-up.

Despite widespread outrage at the treatment of Carolyn Strom, including a petition signed by nearly 600 supporters asking the SRNA to reverse its decision (4), the SRNA has refused to even discuss the case with nurses or students (5).

Nurse Carolyn Strom has spent two years travelling hundreds of miles to attend her disciplinary hearings which were held hours away from her place of residence. The financial and physical toll this ordeal has taken on her is excruciating. Furthermore, her penalty hearing is coming to a close, and it is likely the SRNA will succeed in imposing the 30,000$ penalty.

Please show your solidarity by donating and/or write to the SRNA and sign the petition to express your opinion on this matter. All the funds we raise will be sent to our colleague Carolyn Strom. The SRNA decision is setting a precedent for nurses across Canada. Nurses must not be muzzled! Let nurses speak!

Signed:

Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD, Ottawa, Ont.
Damien Contandripoulos, PhD, Montreal, Qc.
Amélie Perron, PhD, Ottawa, Ont.
Natalie Stake-Doucet, RN, Montreal, Qc.
Emilie Hudson, RN, Montreal, Qc.
Caroline Dufour, RN, Ottawa, Ont.
Jaimie Carrier, RN, Dalhousie, NS.
Sophie Pomerleau, RN, PhD(c) Qc.
Anne Lardeux, MSc, Montreal, Qc.
Bernard Roy, RN, PhD, Quebec, Qc.


Links:

1- National Post article: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/shes-attacking-me-as-a-colleague-registered-nurse-facing-discipline-over-critical-facebook-post


2- Transcript of discipline decision:https://www.srna.org/images/stories/RN_Competence/Comp_Assurance_Hearings/SRNA_Discipline_Decision_Strom_Redacted_Oct_27_2016.pdf

3- Toronto Sun article: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/18/complaining-about-granddads-care-on-facebook-could-cost-nurse-30gs

4- Online petition: https://www.change.org/p/saskatchewan-registered-nurses-association-let-nurses-speak

5- Letter to SRNA from nursing students:https://radicalnursesite.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/nursing-students-want-to-talk-about-silence/

Julie Ali feeling happy.
Just now
Because the snow is a fortress around the house, I have not yet gone out for my walk. Mum will not be coming over today as the snow makes it too risky for a fall. I will see how the weather is tomorrow. Sue will stay with her and keep her company.
Today I will work on the income taxes. I can't do it in one big plunge into the pool of paper so I dip a toe in to the freezing ocean of work and simply shiver. I did look at some paper this morning while munching on my raisin bread and then came up here immediately to write down that I am going to work on taxes today.
The taxes aren't that hard.
It is just getting things organized that is hard.
I will pick up Rebecca after lunch. She will be able to navigate the snow with her big stroller before her.
I will try to remember to take her to the dollar store for paints as we are getting low. Or else it will have to wait.
I haven't got to the hair stylist for her hair cut as everything is in the tax limbo land right now. Most human beings just grit their teeth and do it but I am at the ocean with my toes dipping in and out.
Snow is falling right this minute. Shiver.
What the heck happened to spring?
As for the scilla they are probably still in their tombs of ice.
Well I can't put it off. Back to taxes.
But before I go here is more news on the nurse that got trouble from her own nursing association. Some other nurses tried to help her and they got their GoFundMe page reported on and it was briefly suspended.
http://ckom.com/…/gofundme-briefly-suspends-fundraiser-fine…
GoFundMe briefly suspends fundraiser for fined Sask. nurse
By Chris Vandenbreekel April 12, 2017 - 4:46pm
The fundraiser for nurse Carolyn Strom was shut down for at least one hour on April 12, 2017.
The fundraiser for nurse Carolyn Strom was shut down for at least one hour on April 12, 2017.
A GoFundMe page to help a nurse pay a hefty fine was briefly shut down Wednesday afternoon.
The online campaign was created by Montreal nurse Natalie Doucet to support Carloyn Strom, who was fined $26,000 for speaking out about her grandfather's end-of-life care at a facility in Macklin, Sask. in 2015.
On Wednesday, Strom's lawyer Marcus Davies told 650 CKOM someone reported the fundraiser to GoFundMe, saying the money was supporting "illegal activity."
He said the website suspended the account "pending investigation."
The page was down for at least one hour, but was re-activated shortly after 650 CKOM asked GoFundMe about the situation.
When asked why the fundraiser had been suspended, GoFundMe's Bobby Whitmore said campaigns are “periodically reviewed by our team to ensure they comply with our terms of service."
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the campaign had already raised more than $20,000.
Email cvandenbreekel@rawlco.com
Twitter @vandecision
We live in times of trouble.
Well at least the GoFundMe page is up and doing very well.

A GoFundMe page to help a nurse pay a hefty fine was briefly shut down Wednesday afternoon. The online campaign was created by Montreal nurse Natalie Doucet to support Carloyn Strom, who was fined $26,000 for speaking out about her grandfather's end-of-life care at a facility in Macklin, Sask. in 20...
CKOM.COM

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