One month ago, all of Saskatchewan was shaken by one of the worst accidents in the province's history.

On April 6, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, along with coaching staff, trainers, and team media crashed into a semi-trailer. 16 of the 29 people on board were killed, leaving 13 others injured, including the driver of the semi.

The accident caused a national, and even international, media frenzy. A crowd-funded charity page was opened the night of the crash that raised over $15 million dollars in less than two weeks. There were moments of silence and acts of solidarity shown all around not just Canada, but the world.

The media coverage was seemingly endless, with the large amount of cameras and reporters not just taking over the quiet community of under 6,000 people, but also the hospitals where the injured were being treated. 

It is alleged that many media sources crossed boundaries, contacting doctors and even the victims' families days after the accident - trying to get interviews and updates. Which is why last week, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority Scott Livingstone announced at the SUN (Saskatchewan Union of Nurses) meeting in Moose Jaw, that media will be barred from entering hospitals after any mass casualty event, or 'Code Orange'. 

Tracy Zambory is the President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. She said she, and the rest of the nurses in attendance, applauded the decision.

"The focus of registered nurses and the rest of the nursing and healthcare team - the focus needs to be completely on the patient and the family, and not on any sort of extraneous conversations that can be dealt with properly at a different time."

Zambory says the response team, nurses and doctors all did an amazing job in wake of the accident, but she still heard complaints from nurses because of the way the media was intruding on them, and on the healthcare facilities.

"Members came to us to ask us to be the buffer between the media and them, because they really are in a stressful situation. They need to have their focus on the patients and to create a barrier of comfort for the families and for the patients and for the staff to concentrate fully on what they need to do."

Zambory says this ban is not only a 'win' for the registered nurses and healthcare professionals, but the patients as well.

"They need to concentrate on number one; surviving whatever tragedy they've endured, and that's [the media] not at all what they need to be thinking about. They need to think about getting better. They don't need to be inundated with questions from anyone."

It's been one month since the Humboldt Broncos crash. The cameras and reporters are mostly gone, funerals and vigils have been held, but what's left is the void that April evening left not just in Humboldt, but in Saskatchewan.

And a community - that through tragedy - feels more like a family.

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