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A message from Monika Warren, acting chief nursing officer, HSC Winnipeg

My name is Monika Warren, acting chief nursing officer at HSC Winnipeg. I started my career as a nurse 29.5 years ago at HSC. During my career, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the nursing practice, as well as how much patients benefit from the collaboration and skill of the entire inter-professional team.

I feel very proud to represent our profession at HSC. The best part of my week is when I get to walk through the units and meet and speak with nursing staff and our patients and their families.

Over the past two years, our health system has experienced unprecedented change designed to improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of the care we provide.

Through these changes, I feel very proud about how our nursing staff have remained committed to delivering excellent care each and every day. As we continue to stabilize operations across system, a significant focus over the past several months has been increased and ongoing engagement with nursing staff and their union.

Leadership are participating in regular meetings with staff, their unions. I am meeting with our HSC’s Nursing Practice Council to ensure that nurses continue to have a safe forum to  raise concerns and submit their valued solutions for improvement.

These discussions have inspired the development of several initiatives that are currently underway:

  • Significant efforts have been undertaken over the past 12 months to improve and streamline the hiring process.
  • We’ve developed and are offering specialized training for nurses interested in the Renal program as well as recruited LPNs interested in critical care.
  • We’ve added additional nursing positions to improve our ability to manage a higher influx of acute patients by expanding a medicine unti on GD5 by six beds, staffing 12 medicine stabilizer beds, and expanding adult ED resuscitation capacity by two beds. We are working on expanding capacity in both intermediate Intensive Care Unit and Medical Intensive Care Unit.
  • We developed a low acuity area to reduce Emergency Department wait times and enhance patient flow.
  • We have expanded our nursing relief and float pool teams to enhance the staffing resources we have available.
  • We’ve established a Nursing Stabilization Group that includes nursing leadership and frontline nursing staff from various practice areas. Through this group a nursing projection tool has been developed that will help us determine what our staffing needs will be for up to one year in advance.
  • We are launching new nursing acuity measurement tool that monitors patient acuity and staffing levels to help us plan resourcing in the short term more effectively.
  • A provincial nursing workgroup has also been established to develop a strategy that will create more consistency across the nursing profession in Manitoba.

We are committed to ongoing discussions with nursing staff and their union in the coming months to continue to work collaboratively to address their concerns. I am committed to working with nurses and value their feedback as we work towards finding effective solutions.

Media contact:
Sara Locke