Staff Nurse Associations and AARN
Staff Nurse Associations began to appear in Alberta hospitals. They were organizations of active professional nurses employed by a health care organization, exclusive of those nurses involved in management or administration.
From 1944 onwards, it was the practice of the elected officers of the AARN to meet annually with the elected officers of the AHA to discuss personnel policies for nurses, and to issue a statement of specific recommendations to hospitals and nurses in respect to salaries and personnel policies. Many employers enacted the recommendations; some did not. This lead to a lack of provincial uniformity. For example, in 1953, nurses in 26 hospitals were working 44 hour weeks; nurses in 23 hospitals were working 48 hour weeks; and 20 hospitals were still using split shifts.