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B.C. Nurses’ Union president resigns for ‘personal reasons’

The president of the B.C. Nurses Union has resigned. A bulletin posted to the BCNU website Monday says, “Chris…

The president of the B.C. Nurses Union has resigned.

A bulletin posted to the BCNU website Monday says, “Christine Sorensen has resigned as President of the BCNU for personal reasons and to pursue other opportunities. ”

The decision comes after the union said it didn’t support a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers last week.

The union released a statement following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement on September 13th that the province was extending the mandatory vaccination order to all healthcare workers.

The union raised concerns that the mandate would have ‘severe’ consequences on the current nursing shortage across the province.

“BCNU has always advocated for vaccination as it provides an important layer of protection against many communicable diseases,” read a September 15th bulletin from BCNU.

“This reality can pose desperate staffing challenges in worksites where staffing is already stretched extremely thin. Despite repeated requests for government transparency regarding operational and contingency planning to support this new public health order, they have not provided staffing plans for either vaccination order deadline (October 12 or 26). ”

The reason behind Sorensen’s decision is unknown at this time.

In April, Sorensen had spoken with Energeticcity about the nursing shortage in Northeast B.C., which continues to be a topic of conversation.

Northern Health addressed the shortage on Friday, along with insults being directed at healthcare workers from the public.

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