Pilot project to alter screening process

Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post, April 7, 2010 A pilot project to phase out registered nurses who perform blood donor screening at Canadian Blood Services has the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses seeing red. CBS won approval from Health Canada to phase in a new staffing model on Thursday. Instead of using registered nurses, CBS plans to train "donor care associates" to ask a series of questions to determine if potential donors are healthy and eligible to give blood. "Our members are telling us that it does require a great deal of skill," said SUN president Rosalee Longmoore. ... Pilot