Sarah Heuston, Local 2458 won the Excellence in Care of Older Ontarians Award, presented by the Registered Practical Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
“This award goes to demonstrate that as nurses, we go the extra mile in patient care, even in the face of budget cuts and ever-increasing workload for health care workers,” said Heuston. “In Ontario, we need to redouble our efforts to address the threat of privatization, if we are to continue to provide patients with the high quality care they deserve.”
The Excellence in Care of Older Ontarians Award is dedicated to Martha Thumlert, an older adult who died unnecessarily from a hospital-acquired infection. This award celebrates the dedication of an RPN who provides exceptional care to our beloved older adults in a manner that is respectful, compassionate, professional and exemplifies nursing excellence. In particular, the award acknowledges a nurse who is focused on the improvement of safety and well-being of older Ontarians by demonstrating knowledge, innovation and leadership.
“Local 2458 extends congratulations to Sarah for the recognition of her work,” said Tullio DiPonti, Local 2458. “We must continue to advocate for adequate funding in health care, in order to protect health care workers’ right to a workplace that facilitates the provision of such award-winning care.”
Unifor represents nearly 30,000 health care workers and advocates for greater investment in public health care.