While there are many variations of flexible scheduling across the country, the Alberta example is useful for its inclusion in the provincial collective agreement between United Nurses of Alberta and the provincial health authorities. The mix of initiatives to address work/life balance for both new and experienced nurses is broad and creative. These work arrangements acknowledge the importance of respecting the needs of nurses. More importantly, the provisions demonstrate that real solutions can be negotiated into agreements that benefit both employees and employers. Collective agreements provide a level of legitimacy to these and other initiatives that should lead to greater utilization and evaluation in the future.
Sandra Brayer, UNA
Sandra’s been nursing for 20 years and for the last several she worked a straight night shift as a float across medical and surgical units at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Sandra Brayer is one of the first nurse…