UNA members overwhelmingly pass resolution encouraging RNs to assert their presence by wearing white

UNA members Wear White at the Annual General Meeting in Edmonton.

Delegates to the United Nurses of Alberta’s 37th annual general meeting voted overwhelmingly today to encourage Registered Nurses throughout Alberta to wear white.

UNA’s high-profile “Wear White Wednesdays” campaign has drawn favourable responses from members, patients, their families and members of the public for more than a year as RNs used traditional white nursing garments to illustrate the low numbers of RNs in the health care system.

UNA President Heather Smith told the close to 800 participants in UNA’s AGM this morning that it’s time to extend Wear White Wednesdays to the rest of the week.

The delegates of the 2014 AGM recommend members of UNA wear white (or a combined white top with back bottoms) uniform in support of our efforts to advocate for safe staffing in the workplace, said the resolution passed this afternoon by delegates. The motion recognized this would not apply to some work sites.