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Professional Practice Committee

Introduction

Mutual respect, understanding and trust combine to form the foundation for any successful relationship. To help solve problems, positive relationships must be forged in the workplace. The Professional Practice Committees bring union and management representatives together in an attempt to improve the organization’s labour relations environment. Joint consultation between the union and management results in improved labour management relations.

The Professional Practice Committee (PPC) is not a substitute for the grievance procedure. Issues such as annual leaves, scheduling, rescheduling of shifts, change in policies and programs, flexible hours, absenteeism, nurses’ health and welfare, morale, production, safety problems and training can be discussed. By opening two-way communications and promoting effective action issues can be dealt with quickly and effectively.

Understanding How it Works

Nurses may take concerns and/or problems to their local presidents, either at local meetings or through the Work Situation Report. In turn, the local president and executive will review the issue and determine if it should proceed to the PPC, if so, will table the issue with the committee. This gives the PPC the opportunity to jointly address problems before they escalate.

Understanding Why it Works

A PPC will work effectively when both parties are willing to communicate and cooperate for the benefit of everyone involved. When both parties approach problems on the level of “what is right” as opposed as “who is right”, problems get solved. Establishing an effective communication system helps ensure positive problem-solving.

Benefits of a Professional Practice Committee 

For Management:

  • An early discussion of operational challenges and other concerns helps solve potential problems;
  • A timely response to these problems helps resolve potential grievances;
  • A more positive relationship with the union and better nurses’ communication through elected leaders.

For Union:

  • An open communication channel to top management;
  • An opportunity for input regarding many operational problems and management plans that affect the nurses;
  • A way to address problems before they escalate.

For Consideration:

  • Without a Professional Practice Committee, the organization’s Nursing Department would not be as successful as it should be.
  • Open relations and problem-solving strategies can only benefit everyone.
  • The PPC sheds light on difficult working conditions and enables a sensible, alternative approach to problem-solving.

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