Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
COVID Shift Broadcast System
There is a need for increased health workforce capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The term “COVID-19 shift” refers only to a shift that is assigned or awarded through the broadcast system (shifts offered through sha.staffscheduling.ca). The COVID shift scheduling is to be used for casual relief and other than full-time staff. Shifts will be posted on this site if they are unable to be filled using the existing call-in/relief assignment, overtime processes contained in the applicable collective bargaining agreement and the defined Labour Pool processes.
The memo will be available to SHA employees to access through MyConnection along with a number of "How To" documents to assist. The site will provide:
- Opportunity for you to apply for shifts across the province.
- Confirmation of shifts you have applied for, via phone, text or email.
- View shift specific information such as Skills required, Time, Facility, Department, a physical address of the site and if specific cohorting restrictions are in place.
- The ability for you to view a personalized COVID-19 schedule.
The Employer will use the broadcast system to offer shift(s) to casual, relief and part-time employees if the shift(s) have not been filled with the existing call-in / relief assignment and overtime processes or assigned by the area Labour Pool. The shift(s) offered through the broadcast system will be to employees within a specific work area, to a specific classification(s) and/or specific department(s). Employer will consider geographic distance and employee schedules, transferable skills, required training, abilities, licencing, availability and guaranteed hours for the redeployment assignment when awarding the shift(s). If all of the above are equal, the most senior employee will be awarded the shift.
Cross-sector staff deployments
Rapid upskilling/reskilling existing and available workers (eg. laid off)
Nurses - Registered
The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is a trade union established in 1974 under the Saskatchewan Trade Union Act. SUN represents over 10,000 Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner)s (RN(NP)s), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) and graduates employed in rural and urban: acute care hospitals; long-term care facilities; home care services; integrated facilities; public and mental health services; schools; and Canadian Blood Services offices.
SUN members work in a single discipline – registered nursing. They work in both preventative and treatment settings; they work alone and in teams. In all settings, SUN members must practice in accordance with standards set by the professional associations: the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS).