Author Archives: Shannon Spenceley, RN, PhD

It’s essential that candidates hear the voices of Canadian nurses. CARNA President Shannon Spenceley urges Alberta RNs to get informed about and engaged in the federal election.

National Nursing Week highlights nurses’ contributions to quality patient care, and provides nurses with an opportunity to celebrate their profession. CARNA President Shannon Spenceley shares some of the reasons that nurses are being honoured during this very special week.

What do dropping oil prices in Alberta and the nursing profession have in common? Find out in CARNA President Shannon Spenceley’s latest blog post!

With flu season beginning, health-care providers are seeking guidance on how to best protect their patients from the spread of influenza. In her latest vlog, Shannon Spenceley talks about the importance of public safety and what registered nurses can do to protect both themselves and their patients. Read more about CARNA Provincial Council’s decision and… Read More

In her newest video blog, CARNA President Shannon Spenceley helps describe the role of the registered nurse working in Primary Health Care.

During my president’s tour, I heard from many of you about the role of the RN in acute care. Here are some of your comments that I would like to share. Also, I pose some questions to registered nurses to get them thinking about and discussing the full scope of RN practice. – Shannon

Happy National Nursing Week 2014 from CARNA President Shannon Spenceley! This is a time to join together as friends and colleagues to celebrate service and commitment to the nursing profession.

An “inconvenient truth” about nurse staffing cuts

We have heard lots about transforming the in-hospital workforce recently, Change is inevitable – and contentious – but I think one thing we can all agree on is that change has to be for the right reasons, and certainly must be informed by evidence.  That’s what I want to talk about today: evidence.

An article came across my desk last week – a large European study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in late February of this year (This is a journal renowned for publishing what scientists call “big science” in the world of health and medicine).

In this study, led by nurse scientist Linda Aitken, the authors aimed to assess whether differences in patient-to-nurse workloads and nurses’ educational qualifications in nine European countries were associated with variation in hospital mortality after common surgical procedures. This was a robust and sophisticated study, examining and controlling for a multiple of variables in the analysis of discharge data for over 400,000 patients. The study also included data from surveys of more than 26,000 nurses practising in the study hospitals, in order to measure nurse staffing and nurse education. Yup, this is BIG science.