BY CYNTHIA FARRELL
The Southern Gazette
The theme of this year’s National Nursing Week (May 9-15) was ‘Nursing: The Health of Our Nation’.
Registered Nurses across the province celebrated National Nursing Week, joining their colleagues around the world to honour the profession’s ‘modern day’ founder Florence Nightingale, who was born May 12, 1820.
The week is an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Registered Nurses. In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, International Nurses Day.
In 1985, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. May 12 is also recognized as ‘Canada Health Day’.
In 1993, the name was changed to ‘National Nursing Week’ to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline.
The purpose of the week is to increase awareness among the public, policymakers and governments of the many contributions nursing makes to the well being of Canadians. It provides an opportunity to educate Canadians about health issues, to disseminate the information they need to make decisions about their health, and to promote the role of the nurse.
The United States Memorial Health Care Facility in St. Lawrence provided a hot luncheon to its Nursing Staff, in recognition of National Nurses’ Week.
Over 25 Nurses (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Personal Care Attendants)all attended May 12.
Co-ordinator of resident and patient care at USM Rosalie Dupre said “On behalf of all US Memorial Health Center residents, their families, the staff and management, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Happy Nurses’ Week to all Burin Peninsula Nurses.
“To our very own USM Nurses – you are a very special group, who through your ongoing commitment to excellence are providing our residents and outpatients with compassionate support and care. For all the little extras you do, for your willingness to go that extra mile, a sincere and heart felt thank you.”