Nova Scotia Nurses Union President Janet Hazelton

Posted at 2:42 pm on August 22, 2017

The President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union is disappointed  with the province’s decision to establish a wage package for 75-thousand public sector employees.  The province’s proclamation of the Public Services Sustainability Act includes the N-S-N-U.
 Antigonish native and St. FX graduate Janet Hazelton worries the financial terms imposed by the province, three per cent over four years,  may in fact hurt attempts to recruit and retain nurses.
Hazelton says with the wage package pre-determined, it may prompt some Nova Scotia nurses to leave the province for more money elsewhere

Posted at 8:41 am on July 19, 2017

The President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union Janet Hazelton is pleased with a meeting she and other health care leaders had with Canada’s Premiers at their summit in

Nova Scotia Nurses Union President Janet Hazelton

Edmonton.  Representatives from Canada’s Nurses Unions and the Mental Health Commission of Canada co-hosted a breakfast briefing Tuesday for the premiers on mental health. The premiers were told one in five Canadians will develop a mental illness by age 25, 50 per cent of family doctors’ time is spent addressing mental health issues or illnesses,  and 43 per cent of us will experience a mental health problem or illness in our lifetime.  As well, mental illness costs the Canadian economy up to 50 billion dollars annually.

Hazelton, a St. FX graduate and Antigonish native says with the federal government investing five billion dollars in targeted mental health services delivered by the provinces and territories, now is the time to have an open discussion.
Hazelton says she’s impressed by the interest and the level of commitment on mental health by the premiers.  She says the next step is to ensure the leaders follow through on their commitments.

Posted at 8:51 am on May 12, 2017

This week celebrates nurses, and their ever expanding role of nursing people back to health. Nursing roles are evolving at an ever expanding rate in communities across

Nova Scotia Nurses Union President Janet Hazelton

the country, and particularly in Nova Scotia, where we are experiencing a doctor shortage.

Janet Hazelton is President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, and a former resident of Antigonish. She says that nurses should be able to take on extra roles during situations like this to help process patients quicker. Nurses are willing and able to do the work:
Hazelton says we need to look at the needs of particular communities and decide how to staff clinics that are short doctors.

Posted at 12:33 pm on February 1, 2017

Students attending Canadian nursing schools say they’re concerned with the continued use of a controversial entry exam for registered nurses.   To become a Registered Nurse, students must write an electronic exam called NCLEX-RN, a test originally developed in the U-S.
The Canadian Nursing Students Association says those who have written the test complain it includes American specific content, and sometimes lacks Canadian specific areas such as social determinants and indigenous health. Students also report the french language translation of N-CLEX is poor.
The president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, St. FX grad and Antigonish native Janet Hazelton says she sympathizes with their concerns.
The Nursing Students Association is encouraging their members to write letters of concern about the test to nursing regulators.  Sample letters are included on the association’s web site.