Im­por­tance of nurs­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Nurses Week -

Na­tional Nurs­ing Week of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on how im­por­tant nurses are in the daily lives of Cana­di­ans.

Ev­ery day, nurses pro­vide ex­per­tise in qual­ity health care by sup­port­ing pa­tients in their di­ag­noses and treat­ments and by pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. In fact, with more than 406,000 reg­u­lated nurses in Canada, they re­ally are the back­bone of our uni­ver­sal health-care sys­tem. If we con­sider our rapidly ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, the nurs­ing role is more im­por­tant than ever, and its sig­nif­i­cance will only con­tinue to grow in the years ahead.

In 1971, the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses des­ig­nated May 12 In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day. The date was cho­sen to co­in­cide with the birth of Florence Nightin­gale, the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized founder and pioneer of mod­ern nurs­ing. In 1985, to mark the ded­i­ca­tion and achieve­ments of the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion in Canada, the fed­eral min­is­ter of health pro­claimed the sec­ond week of May Na­tional Nurs­ing Week.

And there is a lot to ac­knowl­edge. Nurses do more than sup­port pa­tients and fam­i­lies when they fall ill and have go to the hos­pi­tal. They pro­vide care in a va­ri­ety of set­tings and they also work hard to de­velop healthy public poli­cies, con­duct re­search to ad­vance the de­liv­ery of care and teach clin­i­cal prac­tice to nurs­ing stu­dents — and these are just a few ex­am­ples.

As Cana­di­ans come to­gether to cel­e­brate nurses this week, you might take a mo­ment to re­flect on the nurses who have pos­i­tively af­fected you or some­one you know and the de­mand­ing work they do for all of us ev­ery day. Per­haps you know of a nurse like Marj McNeil. She’s the co-or­di­na­tor for the Liv­ing with Can­cer pro­gram at Hos­pice Cal­gary’s Sage Cen­tre. Her goal is to re­duce iso­la­tion for peo­ple in her ad­vanced can­cer sup­port group. Or maybe it’s a nurse like Shelley Fran­cis, a di­a­betes com­mu­nity con­sul­tant in New Brunswick. Fran­cis helps mem­bers of First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties learn cul­tur­ally safe tech­niques to man­age di­a­betes.

There are so many sto­ries across of the coun­try. Visit the Cana­dian Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion web­site as it high­lights events go­ing on across the coun­try in cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Nurs­ing Week.

Fol­low the as­so­ci­a­tion on Twit­ter or Face­book. Use the #NNW2016 hash­tag to share the pos­i­tive im­pact a nurse has had on the health and well­ness of you and your fam­ily. Let the as­so­ci­a­tion know how you think nurses con­trib­ute to a bet­ter healthcare sys­tem and high-qual­ity care for all Cana­di­ans.

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