One Goal. One Team. One Vision.

SEIU Healthcare is the only service union with a dedicated Nursing Division that holds a convention and has a president, a constitution, and professional practice liaison staff. We proudly represent over 8,500 nurses, which includes registered practice nurses (RPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs).

RPN Jackie Walker, who came from the SEIU Healthcare membership, is the President of our Nursing Division. She has been a strong nurse advocate for several years and is proud to fight alongside her diverse Nursing Division Executive Board.

The Nursing Division’s primary goal is to ensure all nurses, despite their designation, are treated fairly and acknowledged for their compassion and dedication to their profession. We are committed to achieving the respect, protection, and pay all our nurses deserve.

SEIU Healthcare is the only service union with a dedicated Nursing Division that holds a convention and has a president, a constitution, and professional practice liaison staff. We proudly represent over 8,500 nurses, which includes registered practice nurses (RPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs).

RPN Jackie Walker, who came from the SEIU Healthcare membership, is the President of our Nursing Division. She has been a strong nurse advocate for several years and is proud to fight alongside her diverse Nursing Division Executive Board.

The Nursing Division’s primary goal is to ensure all nurses, despite their designation, are treated fairly and acknowledged for their compassion and dedication to their profession. We are committed to achieving the respect, protection, and pay all our nurses deserve.

The Nursing Division Board

Nursing Division President

Vice President of Hospital

Vice President of Home Care and Community Care

Vice President of Long-Term Care

Eight Regions with one member from:

  • Region 1 – Thunder Bay
  • Region 2 – Northumberland
  • Region 3 – Georgian Bay
  • Region 4 – Greater Toronto Area
  • Region 5 – Hamilton/Halton
  • Region 6 – Norfolk/Niagara
  • Region 7 – London and Southwestern Ontario
  • Region 8 – Algonquin

Professional Liability Protection

SEIU Healthcare is the only union that provides PLP for FREE to all nurses. Professional Liability Protection (PLP) Insurance is a form of liability insurance that helps protect service-providing individuals from bearing the full cost of defending against a negligence claim made by a client/patient, and damages awarded.

In 2022, due to changes in law and from insurance providers, the rules of PLP are changing and every SEIU Healthcare nurse will need to fill out a new form to ensure they are protected. Click the link button to renew your PLP.

Don’t forget to renew your insurance by April 1, 2022.

RENEW YOUR PLP

Scrubs & Scopes

Scrubs and Scopes is our Nursing Division’s very own magazine, where we discuss timely issues in the nursing world and highlight the great work SEIU nurses are doing. Click the button to read our latest issue!

READ VOLUME 3

Nursing Division Highlights from 2021

Central Hospital Bargaining RPN Townhall

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

Before we began Central Hospital bargaining, Nursing Division President Jackie Walker met with nurses at our virtual town hall to discuss our goal to strengthen their voices. We shared results from our RPN Working Conditions survey that thousands of RPNs completed and discussed strategies and much-needed changes to improve the working conditions and lives of all nurses in Ontario.

75%

of RPNs say patient care is suffering due to staff shortages

75%

of RPNs say patient care is suffering due to staff shortages

94%

of RPNs experience mental exhaustion

94%

of RPNs experience mental exhaustion

Nursing Week 2021: Building Resilience

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Nursing Week 2021: Building Resilience

During Nursing Week, we hosted a virtual event to connect with nurses across the province on Zoom and Facebook Live. Together, we celebrated the nursing profession by listening to empowering and heartfelt stories from four nurses. We shared and developed ideas that enable us to take meaningful actions to amplify the voices of all nurses.

WATCH THE EVENT

PLP Insurance Webinar

October 27, 2021

PLP Insurance Informational Webinar

SEIU nurses joined President Jackie Walker, our insurance brokers BFL Canada, and lawyers during our PLP Informational Webinar. We discussed the claim process, real-life claim examples, and why PLP is so important. Members were also able to ask questions and received tons of tips and advice on how to avoid professional liability claims.

If you missed the event, click on the button below to watch the webinar.

WATCH THE WEBINAR

Professional Practice Bargaining Committee

Professional Practice Bargaining Committee

The Nursing Division selected nurse leaders to sit on the Professional Practice Committee during Central Hospital bargaining. The committee brought RPN voices to the table to advocate for changes that protect your Professional Standards as a nurse. Our Nursing Division is committed to fighting for better safety measures and protection, increased respect, and an improved scope of practice.

Wage Increase for Yee Hong RPN Members

August

Wage Increase for Yee Hong RPN Members

After many meetings, petitions, letters to the CEO, and constant pressure on Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care from the membership, RPNs at Yee Hong achieved a three-dollar raise. Yee Hong RPNs have been fighting for over 10 years for a wage increase, but never gave up and continued to push. Read more about this story in the next issue of Scrubs & Scopes.

Southlake Regional Health Centre RPNs Win Policy Grievance

October

Southlake Regional Health Centre RPNs Win Policy Grievance

In August 2021, we filed a policy grievance at Southlake Regional Health Centre due to management assigning RPNs as charge nurses, which is beyond the scope of an RPN position. Thanks to the help of union representative Kevin Hickey and Southlake’s RPNs they were able to get the employer to agree that management does not have the right to assign RPNs as the charge nurse. If they choose to explore this route in the future, they must consult the union and discuss a proper premium rate.