PRC

 

Your Local 121 PRC Committee

YooRee Keller- PACU, PRC Co-Chair and Local 121 President

Helen Adams- Speciality Ambulatory Clinics

Pauline Bullard- Operating Room

Jari-Lynn Eckert – Acute Pain Services

Mary Engler- Pre-admission Clinic

Ashley Watson- Unit 83 and Local 121 Secretary

The PRC Process

1. Fill out the PRC form

Reports can be filled out anytime. An online fillable form is available on the UNA app, or the UNA website (www.una.ca).

Paper PRC Forms are located in your unit’s ‘Local 121 UNA Resource Binder’ or can be printed off the UNA website. Send the completed, signed form to Local 121 either by email, mail or RGH Interoffice Mail.

Don’t forget to provide your phone number & non-AHS email.

The PRC report can be written or typed up on a separate sheet if needing more space.

PRC’s can be filled out individually or as a group.

Describe the incident/issue, with as much detail as possible. Do not use names of patient(s), or staff. Is this an ongoing issue? What resolutions have been provided previously? How successful were the past resolutions?

Provide possible solutions to the problem. What are your recommendations? How can this issue/incident be prevented?

2. Notify your manager

Notify your manager of your concern and that a PRC has been submitted. If you need support you may bring the Local Executive or your assigned PRC Committee Member with you for a discussion with the manager – just ask us to attend. The concern(s) may be resolved at this point, prior to taking it to the PRC Committee. Ask the manager to keep you updated on their work or effort to resolve the issue identified.

Collective Agreement—Article 36.01 (f)
Where an issue is specific to one (1) unit or program, the Employee or Local shall discuss the issue with the most immediate supervisor in an excluded management position before the matter is discussed at the Committee.

3. The PRC Committee

A PRC Committee Member will be assigned to your PRC and will contact you for further information.

The PRC Committee will arrange to meet with the employer to discuss the PRC.

If there is no resolution, The Local Executive, may present the PRC at higher level meetings.

PRC Versus RLS?

The RLS is a report that goes directly to AHS. UNA is not involved nor notified of an
RLS.

With an RLS you may not always hear what the resolutions are regarding the incident/issue.

The PRC Process gives Registered Nurses a platform for their voices to be heard and to work WITH the employer.

The RLS or PRC does not replace each other, we recommend completing both an RLS and a PRC.

Sometimes there can even be overlap regarding whether the concern is patient safety or staff safety and there ends up being multiple forms submitted.

PRC = Patient Safety Concerns
OH&S = Safety of the Registered Nurses

Alberta Health Services and United Nurses of Alberta have agreed that it is of mutual benefit to find resolutions to issues of concern including the safety and quality of patient care.

Reporting PRCs is a constructive action that can help protect patients and alleviate moral distress that nurses sometimes experience when they are unable to provide care as required by the standards of professional licensing bodies. Not only does reporting PRCs document your efforts to advocate for safe, competent and ethical care, it also allows for a collaborative approach to problem solving between frontline nurses and the employer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Local!
We are here to support you!