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CarePartners is Stuck In The Past, let's work together to shape the future. Add your name and email to the form below and click "submit" to send a letter to the CEO of CarePartners.

Dear Linda Knight,

Most personal support workers (PSWs) employed by CarePartners are passionate about helping people live with a sense of dignity and respect. PSWs care deeply about their job and their clients, but they are not cared for by you, their employer. Frontline healthcare workers do not do their jobs to get rich. Profits derived by for-profit organizations, such as the one you own, are never shared or re-invested into the needs of frontline workers. CarePartners experiences high level of staff turnover, largely because the working conditions of this employer are Stuck in the Past.

I write to you to address the injustices faced by PSWs employed by CarePartners across Ontario. The environments these PSWs work in fall well short of industry health and safety standards. CarePartners has failed to demonstrate that it values its frontline staff. This profitable business does not aim to improve the working lives of its employees.

While PSWs care for others’ health, they receive zero paid sick days to protect their own wellness. Many of them live paycheque to paycheque and have no retirement security options. Furthermore, CarePartners demonstrates little regard for their employees’ safety and well-being. On the job, PSWs experience numerous traumas, including bullying, harassment, second-hand smoke, dog bites, and exposure to bug infestations.

Linda, you have the power to improve the working lives of those you rely so heavily upon. Homecare is considered the future of the healthcare system, yet CarePartners is not meeting the needs of its workers today. Help turn what is now a lowly healthcare job, into something PSWs can be proud of. Help turn being a PSW into a lifelong career.

Sincerely,

Nursing Division

SEIU Healthcare’s Nursing Division advocates for nurses in Ontario regarding professional practices, scope of practice and standards on the delivery of care by nurses. We’re committed to providing Professional Liability Protection for all our RPN’s, RN’s, and nurse practitioners that are in good standing.

Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker
President of SEIU Healthcare’s Nursing Division

My name is Jackie Walker and I am the President of SEIU Healthcare’s Nursing Division. My job is to serve as our union's lead on initiatives in the delivery of healthcare by nurses in Ontario. During my time in this role I have had the opportunity to meet with many nurses and hear how they want the nursing division to serve them. I will continue with great enthusiasm to amplify and engage in issues that matter to SEIU Healthcare Nurses.

As a division, we have focused on professional practice issues, scope of practice clarity, and collaboration amongst RPNs, RNs and Nurse Practitioners. This understanding and collaboration is vital for us to successfully tackle issues like workplace violence. I commit to working with the elected board of dynamic nurses from across the province and the rank and file members of SEIU Healthcare who have a passion for strengthening the nursing profession.

As part of our commitment to ensuring that SEIU Healthcare members have the tools and resources to support professional practice requirements, SEIU Healthcare has committed to offering all SEIU Healthcare Nurses free Mandatory Malpractice Insurance (PLP). Visit our PLP site to sign-up for or renew your Personal Liability Protection Insurance or call our MRC at 1-877-MRC-SEIU (672-7348). If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page.

We are excited to announce that our Fifth Annual Quality Assurance Module “RN and RPN Practice: The Client, the Nurse and the Environment” is now available! This online version allows you to click on the module you would like to complete. Then, simply read through the module and document your answers. This exercise is for private, self-reflection only and you do not need to submit your answers to us or The College of Nurses of Ontario.

Quality Assurance modules from previous years are also now available online. Topics include: Quality Assurance Review, Documentation - How to Develop a Learning Plan; RHPA Overview, Self-Regulation and the Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationship; and Providing Culturally Sensitive Care.

It is very important to me that the direction we take starts from the visions of our membership. I would like to encourage you to take a short survey and give us feedback about your experience as a nurse. Bring your voice to the table with thousands of nurses who want to influence our roles in healthcare.

Compensation Vs. Compassion Calculator

Do you arrive more than 15 minutes before your shift? Do you work through your breaks? Do you stay longer after your shift to complete your work? If you answered YES to any of these questions how much money are you “donating” daily, weekly, and monthly to your employer?

This can add up significantly when you consider your years of service. These are workload issues where you are unable to complete tasks including documentation during your scheduled shift. A Workload Review Form allows you to address any practice issues that you experience in your workplace. To access Workload Review forms click here.

Nursing Division Board

Nursing Division President

Jackie Walker

Vice President of Hospital

Tracey Clausi

Vice President of Home Care & Community Care

Robyn Marttunen

Vice President of Long Term Care

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Region 1 Representative

Ashley MacRae

Region 2 Representative

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Region 3 Representative

Joy Flook

Region 4 Representative

Dernell George

Region 5 Representative

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Region 6 Representative

Mary Jo Buis-Urquhart

Region 7 Representative

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