Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Silence No More: Hospital terminates RNAO executive for speaking out about patient safety

Silence No More: Hospital terminates RNAO executive for speaking out about patient safety

Recently, RNAO Immediate Past President Dr. Vanessa Burkoski was terminated from her role as chief nursing executive at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) after speaking out for patients.

Dr. Burkoski's dismissal came just weeks after she helped introduce RNAO's new report, Mind the Safety Gap in Health System Transformation: Reclaiming the Role of the RN. It is unconscionable that she should be fired for defending patient safety.

RNAO and countless others stand with our courageous and respected nurse leader. Never in RNAO's 91-year history has a member of the association's executive been fired by their employer for advocating in their role with RNAO.

RNAO is urging health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins to independently investigate Dr. Burkoski's termination from LHSC. We are also calling for protections for health professionals against these kind of silencing measures, and for the implementation of all recommendations in the Mind the Safety Gap In Health System Transformation report.

Please help support Dr. Burkoski, and the rights of all health professionals, by signing our action alert, sharing news stories about this issue widely, and joining the discussion on social media.


Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Action from politicians

  • NDP Statement
  • PC Statement
  • Media stories

  • London Free Press - In email to staff, London Health Sciences Centre's chief executive challenges “factually inaccurate” reports
  • CTV News
  • London Free Press - An Ontario nursing group contends Vanessa Burkoski was fired to silence her about changes affecting patient safety
  • London Free Press - Health Minister considers request to investigate LHSC firing
  • London Free Press - Letters to the editor: June 21
  • CBC - As it happens
  • CBC News Windsor
  • Windsor Star - LHSC chief nursing executive Burkoski's firing called 'a great, great, great misjudgment'
  • Resource Type: 
    Political Action