Healthcare Plus Training: the Great, the Good, and the Challenges
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Healthcare Plus Training: the Great, the Good, and the Challenges

By Dennis Oenema, Field Representative, Kelowna Member Centre

We finished the spring Healthcare Plus sessions off on a strong note, with great attendance and participation by our members, the public, and even members of other unions.

We look forward to a great fall session of providing our members with up-to-date healthcare training.  

For our fall training, we are planning to provide the following seminars and workshops:

Pain medications—the holistic use, and positive and negative side effects. This mid-level training seminar is open to everyone, but is most useful for HCAs, CAs, LPNs, and RNs. Facilitated by a medical doctor. 

Eating disorders—all of its facets, aspects, reasons why, what can be done, and what treatments are available. Facilitated by a clinical counsellor working in the field. 

A different approach to individuals who have challenges with dementia—this workshop will be facilitated by people working directly in the field who have obtained specialized training. 

Compassion in hard places—we hope to offer this full-day course in fall 2018 or early spring 2019. It will be facilitated by a grief and loss therapist. 

We are always looking for new ways to encourage our healthcare members to attend these Healthcare Plus initiatives. We know that working in healthcare is not easy, and attending workshops and seminars can be difficult due to shift work, workload, and the pressures of life. At times, it can be difficult to feel motivated to take extra training on your own time at your own cost. 

Many of you have asked us why you have to pay a small registration fee to attend the training seminars. The main reason is that a number of companies you are employed with often do not pay into the education training fund.

We are presently working on setting up training options/initiatives in the Vancouver and Lower Fraser Valley areas. This has been partially successful, and we are continuing to adjust the training to the specific needs of our members in those areas. 

If you have any suggestions about training or anything else we can do for you, please let us know!

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