Cel­e­brat­ing our nurses

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Submitted

Nurs­ing Week runs May 7-13 and Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) is rec­og­niz­ing nurses for their im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the de­liv­ery of qual­ity pa­tient care in hos­pi­tals and com­mu­ni­ties across Cen­tral Zone in­clud­ing Drumheller.

“Whether they work in hos­pi­tals, clin­i­cal or re­search en­vi­ron­ments, in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties or ur­ban set­tings, in homes or in our schools, nurses are an es­sen­tial part of our health­care sys­tem,” says Kerry Bales, Chief Zone Of­fi­cer for Cen­tral Zone.

Drumheller is mark­ing the events with a bar­be­cue at the Drumheller Hospi­tal and Care Cen­tre, on Wed­nes­day, May 9, served by site lead­er­ship, mayor and coun­cil. Mayor Col­berg ap­pre­ci­ates all that nurses do in the com­mu­nity.

“The big­gest thing is we don’t re­ally re­al­ize all they do for us un­til we ac­tu­ally use the ser­vices, and if I had my way we would have way more in the val­ley,” said Col­berg. “We are blessed to have them.”

Nurses are the largest group of health pro­fes­sion­als in the prov­ince. In Cen­tral Zone, more than 2,600 reg­is­tered nurses (RNs), 1,100 li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses (LPNs) and 300 reg­is­tered psy­chi­atric nurses (RPNs) work in di­verse ar­eas such as di­rect pa­tient care, ed­u­ca­tion, co­or­di­na­tion of care and man­age­ment.

“We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all the nurs­ing staff in our zone,” says Dr. Daniel Edgcumbe, In­terim Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor for Cen­tral Zone. “They are vi­tal in de­liv­er­ing care to Al­ber­tans each and ev­ery day — and their con­tri­bu­tions are deeply val­ued by pa­tients, physi­cians, other health­care pro­fes­sion­als and AHS alike.”

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