Resources / Education

UNA Education

Any UNA member who would like to become more knowledgeable and engaged can get a head start through one of UNA’s educational offerings, which provide members with a wealth of information, a space for discussion, and activity-based learning.


You must be a UNA member to attend UNA provincial workshops. Once you have a valid membership card, activate your UNANet account through the UNANet button on the website or via the UNA mobile app. The Events tab in UNA’s Data Management System (DMS - part of UNANet) provides a way for members to register for workshops. Members are expected to register in workshops closest to their residence (not applicable for online education). Please check the Events Calendar and DMS Events regularly as the workshop schedule may have changes or additions.

Any Local Executive member can register members of their Local in workshops by navigating to Local Admin -> Events in DMS.

Online Education during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Nurses of Alberta has shifted delivery of education from in-person to online. We now have live/real-time workshops hosted via Zoom and will soon have on-demand learning via an education website (forthcoming).

The live workshops will be approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours in length depending on the topic and will be offered at a variety of times and dates. Some of the material from our in-person workshops is being reworked for online delivery: for example, parts of the How to Run a Local – Finance workshop have been reorganized into a shorter Fiscal Planning workshop with a focus on budgeting and other financial matters. Some of the workshops may have supplementary activities or materials for before or after the class.

Online real-time workshops currently being offered by UNA:

  • Fiscal Planning
  • New Budget Form Overview
  • Self Care for Nurses
  • Introduction to UNA
  • Unit/Office Rep Orientation
  • Investigation Meetings
  • Taking Action

Please refer to DMS for details and for up-to-date schedule information.

These workshops are not provincially-funded. UNA members enrolled in the workshops will require access to Zoom. Local Executive members will require a UNANet account and access to Local Admin functions on DMS.

If you have any questions, please contact:

In-Person Workshops (currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Workshops for all UNA Members (provincially funded)

  • Dealing with Abuse
  • Know Your Rights (not provincially funded for Local Executive members)

Workshop for Unit/Office Representatives (provincially funded)

  • Engagement & Support

Workshops for Committee Members (provincially funded)

  • PRC
  • OH&S Basic
  • OH&S Advanced

The Local President is ex officio on all committees. Workshops are provincially funded for members belonging to that specific committee.

Workshops for Local Executive Members (provincially funded)

  • Engagement & Support
  • How to Run a Local – Administration (open to new Local Executive members)
  • How to Run a Local – Finance (open to Local Executive members & District Reps)
  • How to Run a Local – Labour Relations (open to new Local Executive members)

Mini Workshops

On a by-request basis, UNA may also provide mini-workshops on other topics. Local Executive members may request these mini workshops by emailing UNA’s Manager of Labour Relations in the Provincial Office, Lee Coughlan.

In-Person Workshop Funding

Provincial funding includes salary replacement and meals. Mileage and accommodation will be provided as required for out-of-town participants. Direct billing for hotel rooms for UNA Workshops is not available. The member will be responsible for paying for their room and then be reimbursed as per UNA policy.

Please Bring

Please bring your charged smartphone or tablet and download the United Nurses of Alberta mobile app, if possible. If you do not have a smartphone or cannot get the UNA app, please bring your paper copy of your Collective Agreement. Any other necessary materials will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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