Nursing retention bonus

Learn about Ontario’s temporary $5000 nursing retention bonus.

RPN Professional Insurance

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE has partnered with PROLINK to provide Professional Liability Protection (PLP) exclusively for Registered Practical Nurses who are members of OCHU/CUPE. For over 30 years PROLINK has been a 100% Canadian owned independent insurance brokerage serving members of unions and associations.

Research and Documents

RPN of the Year Award

Nominate your colleague for OCHU’s annual award. Learn more.

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News

Healthcare unions: Doug Ford’s ad hoc gestures won’t fix the worsening health human resource crisis

Unions representing 220,000 workers demand the repeal of Bill 124 and a real plan to fix the worsening health human resource crisis in Ontario

Joint letter to Doug Ford re: nursing retention bonus

From OCHU-CUPE, SEIU Healthcare, ONA and Unifor leadership.

Nursing retention bonus Q&A

Who is eligible for the nursing retention bonus, and more answers to your questions.

Emergency Measures Needed to Address the Health Care Staffing Crisis

Ontario’s hospitals, long-term care (LTC) and home care services face critical and growing staffing crises. Our province’s health care system is not on the brink of crisis, it is in crisis. It is not an overstatement to describe a number of facilities and...

Vacancies and Labour Shortages Affecting the Hospital and Health Care Workforce

Across Canada, the number of vacancies for health care positions has increased dramatically during COVID. However, this increase only exacerbates a trend since 2015, whereby the number of vacancies for health care jobs has increased. 

OCHU RPN on CBC’s The Current

Click here to listen to RPN Sonja Bernhard and Code White researcher/writer Jim Brophy talk about the violence faced by health care workers on CBC’s The Current.

Trauma, turmoil experienced by Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall, eastern Ontario RPNs focus of poll

This Nursing Week, SEIU Healthcare and CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) are making an urgent plea of support for registered practical nurses (RPNs). The two unions released polling and survey data showing trauma and turmoil experienced by RPNs on the frontline of our health care system.

Trauma, turmoil experienced by central-Southwestern Ontario RPNs focus of poll

Today several RPNs working at central-southwestern Ontario hospitals spoke openly about their pandemic experiences. Their personal stories of emotional and physical exhaustion, anguish over adequate patient care and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic are also reflected in the findings of an OCHU/CUPE poll of 200 Guelph and Stratford hospital RPNs.

Newsletter – May 12

Nurses’ Week; COVID is airborne; PSW regulation threat

Trauma, turmoil experienced by northern Ontario RPNs among highest in the province: poll finds

This Nursing Week, SEIU Healthcare and CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) are making an urgent plea of support for registered practical nurses (RPNs). The two unions released polling and survey data showing trauma and turmoil experienced by RPNs on the frontline of our health care system.

New OCHU RPN Poll

Download the poll results.

Health care unions launch Nursing Week with urgent plea of support for Registered Practical Nurses

SEIU Healthcare and CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions release data showing the trauma and turmoil experienced by RPNs.

Happy Nursing Week

Download the Nursing Week posters.

Briefing Note for RPNs –
Government Order re: Regulated Health Professionals

On April 21, 2021 in response to the collapsing healthcare infrastructure in Ontario during the devastating third wave of the pandemic, the government issued an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Order”), that effectively authorized any regulated healthcare professional to provide forms of medical care in hospitals that is not normally within their scope of practice. The Order applies to all regulated health professionals in Ontario as well as health professionals licensed to practice in other Canadian provinces.

RPN Call – April 27, 2021

Listen to the call recording.