Member Statement – National Nursing Week
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to rise today to recognize International Nurses Week from May 7th to May 13th, first established by the International Council of Nurses in 1965. And May 12th, Mr. Speaker, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, is recognized as International Nurses Day. The Canadian theme for Nursing Week 2018 is #YesThisIsNursing. Nursing roles are evolving at an exponential rate, particularly with the influence of technology and the expansion of digital technologies. This year’s theme speaks to the expanding traditional and non-traditional roles, settings, and sectors in which nurses work, as well as the unique opportunities for nurses presented by social media and emerging technology trends. Mr. Speaker, right now there is a nurse helping a woman become a mother, a nurse holding a dying man’s hand, a nurse starting a child’s IV [intravenous], a nurse listening to an Alzheimer’s patient tell a story, a nurse missing their family while caring for others. The role of nurses are many and varied. They don’t only work as nurses at the point of care, but also as educators, nurse practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, and researchers. Nurses are there for us in our ordinary and our extraordinary times. This week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers, and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join with me in celebrating and saying thank you to all members of the nursing team for their hard work and dedication this week and every week. Thank you.