Member Resources → Professional Responsibility
Patient advocacy is a key responsibility of all nurses. United Nurses of Alberta achieves this crucial goal through joint employer-union Professional Responsibility Concern Committees (PRCC).
This process, which is included in UNA collective agreements, gives nurses the opportunity to raise their concerns about patient safety and to ensure that employer’s consider and respond to their concerns. Such concerns can include safe staffing levels, proper staffing mix and adequate training and orientation for staff.
Filing a Professional Responsibility Concern
Sometimes, the only way to effectively advocate for patients is to file a PRC form (PRCF). Every time an unsafe or unprofessional practice or setting is created or permitted by the employer, a PRCF should be filed and a discussion with the immediate supervisor or manager responsible for the area.
If you need to file a PRCF, your local executive has a copy of the necessary paperwork.
If the issue cannot be resolved by the manager or PRC Committee, UNA has the contractural right to present PRC to the employer CEO or designate. Finally, if it still remains unresolved, UNA has the right to make a formal presentation to the employer’s Governing Board.
Reporting Professional Responsibility Concerns documents your efforts to advocate for workplaces that enable nurses to provide safe, competent and ethical patient care.
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A slideshow presentation explaining the implementation of the Professional Responsibility Concern Initiative.
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If you have a concern about patient/client/resident risk, safety or staffing levels in your workplace, you should fill out a Professional Responsibility Concern (PRC) Report as soon as possible.