Tuesday, May 2, 2017

---The Radical Nurse L'infirmier.ère Radical.e----------Thank you for having the courage to speak when so many nurses in Alberta stay silent because of consequences faced by Carolyn Strom. Not only nurses face this sort of retribution but so do the families and advocates of residents in the continuing care system in Alberta. While we do not face disciplinary action from professional bodies, the government of Alberta has provided the Trespass to Premises legislation that can be used by hospitals and continuing care facilities to ban advocates who are usually family members. There is a banning event in Grande Prairie, Alberta going on right now. https://www.facebook.com/stephen.tucker.334?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf Stephen Tucker added 5 new photos — with Genavieve Rideout and 2 others. Yesterday at 7:10pm · Mom is still at hospital in emergency everyone . Had meeting today at hospital and hoping she can stay there until an answer comes back on the other care home to get her in . If not we will have to get her set up in a apartment . No media has contacted us yet. So let's keep sharing how this care home abused my mom SHARE SHARE SHARE *** In this case the husband was banned. The problem of retribution is this--there is no appeal process in the Trespass to Premises legislation. The retribution is therefore very effective in silencing families. Until recently families did not speak about the abuse, neglect and fatalities they witnessed. Social media however has changed this situation. Even with access to social media, most families will not use social media to publish the problems because of the lawsuits that follow such public discussion of these events. Families do not have the money to hire lawyers and defend themselves in court and seniors are often retired and intimidated as a consequence.Media is not interested in the problems of seniors and they remain without a voice in our society except for their families, advocates like Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and professionals like Carolyn Strom. I applaud any professional and any family that go public. The silence must end. Families must join up with professionals and speak about the problems in the continuing care system in Alberta that are due to underfunding, lack of well trained staff, lack of intelligent planning or good resource management. If there is no public discourse because of fear, intimidation and retribution what we have here is a police state akin to China or Russia. Please keep speaking for the least among us so that families are not entirely alone in bringing up the issues that require public discourse in order to get government to do the job it is not doing in addressing the underfunding of the continuing care system.


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 dragged this case along. We were – and still are – deeply troubled, angered and saddened by what Carolyn Strom has had to go through. At the same time, during our informal little meetings over social media PR strategy we often laughed out loud at the SRNA’s abysmal mediocrity. We were then overwhelmed by the kindness and solidarity of the public response toward the GoFundMe campaign and elated to help gather that much money for Carolyn.
But now with more insight we can start to balance what was gained and what was lost in the battle, even if it’s not over yet. What was gained is quite straightforward. All those who rallied at Carolyn’s side showed that together nurses, health care professionals, citizens and unions can stand in the way of blind authoritarianism from nursing institutions having trouble moving out of the 19th century. The SRNA wanted to set a precedent and make an example. Then, mark our words, a precedent was indeed set, but it was the SRNA that lost where it really matters for a professional regulation body: in their members’ hearts and in the public opinion. They now have two options: change or become an irrelevant historical artefact.
What was lost is harder to measure but much more significant. The SRNA’s vindictiveness has caused serious collateral damage. All mainstream media, from Andre Picard in the Globe and Mail to pieces in the National Post, CBC and the SK Star Phoenix rightfully smashed to smithereens SRNA’s position. But seen from a national perspective, those legitimate and well-deserved critiques didn’t only bring into question SRNA’s relevance but the competence and relevance of nursing bodies in general.
Those nursing associations and colleges that tried their best to do as if nothing was happening will need to rethink their values and priorities. Their deafening silence revealed how much they’re disconnected from the realities of their membership and broader social expectations. The credibility of all nursing organizations was harmed through the actions of the SRNA, but the harm done through their silence belongs to them. The fact some of them don’t even seem to realize the scope of the current damage makes it even more worrisome.
Because acting as though nothing was going on doesn’t make the problem disappear. Those nursing associations and colleges need to realize that everybody witnessed the public relations disaster the SRNA created. From caregivers to politicians and public opinion, everybody realized nursing associations and colleges were not standing where and when they should have.
When a health professional notices a serious problem with care quality or safety and raises the issue, the top priority for regulation bodies should be to address the problem at once. Pondering over how and where the message was delivered can be discussed and best practices encouraged but this is a secondary consideration. The SRNA made a frankly astounding pan-Canadian demonstration of how poorly they understood that their core business is care safety and quality.
There have been several calls – both from citizens and nurses – for SRNA to justify how their sanction against Ms. Strom protects the interests of the public, yet none of them have been answered. SRNA’s “stand-your-ground” attitude can only be interpreted in three ways: they cannot provide such justification; they cannot re-evaluate their decision-making process by engaging in the very self-reflective process that they, themselves, demand from nurses; they are not interested in rendering any form of account to the public.
The silence steadfastly displayed by some nursing institutions and the time it took for others to catch-up with the tide sadly shows the SRNA isn’t alone having its priorities wrong. This is both sad and damaging for the nursing profession. Canadians and their health-care system would benefit if nurses played a more important, proactive and advanced role. For this to happen, we need strong, intelligent and vocal nursing institutions. What we have just witnessed was the exact opposite.
(in alphabetical order)
Jaimie Carrier
Damien Contandriopoulos
Caroline Dufour
Marilou Gagnon
Émilie Hudson
Anne Lardeux
Amélie Perron
Natalie Stake-Doucet
Published jointly with Chaire Pocosa here.

JULIE ALI says:
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Thank you for having the courage to speak when so many nurses in Alberta stay silent because of consequences faced by Carolyn Strom. Not only nurses face this sort of retribution but so do the families and advocates of residents in the continuing care system in Alberta. While we do not face disciplinary action from professional bodies, the government of Alberta has provided the Trespass to Premises legislation that can be used by hospitals and continuing care facilities to ban advocates who are usually family members. There is a banning event in Grande Prairie, Alberta going on right now.
https://www.facebook.com/stephen.tucker.334?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
Stephen Tucker added 5 new photos — with Genavieve Rideout and 2 others.
Yesterday at 7:10pm ·
Mom is still at hospital in emergency everyone . Had meeting today at hospital and hoping she can stay there until an answer comes back on the other care home to get her in . If not we will have to get her set up in a apartment . No media has contacted us yet. So let’s keep sharing how this care home abused my mom
SHARE SHARE SHARE
***
In this case the husband was banned.
The problem of retribution is this–there is no appeal process in the Trespass to Premises legislation. The retribution is therefore very effective in silencing families. Until recently families did not speak about the abuse, neglect and fatalities they witnessed. Social media however has changed this situation. Even with access to social media, most families will not use social media to publish the problems because of the lawsuits that follow such public discussion of these events. Families do not have the money to hire lawyers and defend themselves in court and seniors are often retired and intimidated as a consequence.Media is not interested in the problems of seniors and they remain without a voice in our society except for their families, advocates like Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and professionals like Carolyn Strom.
I applaud any professional and any family that go public. The silence must end. Families must join up with professionals and speak about the problems in the continuing care system in Alberta that are due to underfunding, lack of well trained staff, lack of intelligent planning or good resource management. If there is no public discourse because of fear, intimidation and retribution what we have here is a police state akin to China or Russia.
Please keep speaking for the least among us so that families are not entirely alone in bringing up the issues that require public discourse in order to get government to do the job it is not doing in addressing the underfunding of the continuing care system.

Thank you for having the courage to speak when so many nurses in Alberta stay silent because of consequences faced by Carolyn Strom. Not only nurses face this sort of retribution but so do the families and advocates of residents in the continuing care system in Alberta. While we do not face disciplinary action from professional bodies, the government of Alberta has provided the Trespass to Premises legislation that can be used by hospitals and continuing care facilities to ban advocates who are usually family members. There is a banning event in Grande Prairie, Alberta going on right now.

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.tucker.334?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
Stephen Tucker added 5 new photos — with Genavieve Rideout and 2 others.
Yesterday at 7:10pm ·
Mom is still at hospital in emergency everyone . Had meeting today at hospital and hoping she can stay there until an answer comes back on the other care home to get her in . If not we will have to get her set up in a apartment . No media has contacted us yet. So let's keep sharing how this care home abused my mom
SHARE SHARE SHARE
***
In this case the husband was banned.
The problem of retribution is this--there is no appeal process in the Trespass to Premises legislation. The retribution is therefore very effective in silencing families. Until recently families did not speak about the abuse, neglect and fatalities they witnessed. Social media however has changed this situation.  Even with access to social media, most families will not use social media to publish the problems because of the lawsuits that follow such public discussion of these events.  Families do not have the money to hire lawyers and defend themselves in court and seniors are often retired and intimidated as a consequence.Media is not interested in the problems of seniors and they remain without a voice in our society except for their families, advocates like Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and professionals like Carolyn Strom.

I applaud any professional and any family that go public. The silence must end. Families must join up with professionals and speak about the problems in the continuing care system in Alberta that are due to underfunding, lack of well trained staff, lack of intelligent planning or good resource management. If there is no public discourse because of fear, intimidation and retribution what we have here is a police state akin to China or Russia.

Please keep speaking for the least among us so that families are not entirely alone in bringing up the issues that require public discourse in order to get government to do the job it is not doing in addressing the underfunding of the continuing care system.

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