The Standard (St. Catharines)

Paying tribute to nurses during National Nursing Week

- By Jane Pinzhoffer

National Nursing Week is an annual celebratio­n of nurses worldwide. The week gives people a chance to thank and acknowledg­e these dedicated healthcare profession­als for all the work they do for others.

This year we celebrate National Nursing Week from May 10 to 16. The annual celebratio­n of the nursing profession always on occurs on the same week as May 12 to honour the birthday of Florence Nightingal­e who is regarded as the founder of modern nursing.

In 1971, the Internatio­nal Council of Nurses (ICN) designated the anniversar­y of Nightingal­e’s birthday as Internatio­nal Nurses Day and this year’s theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare (#IND2021). “This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan,” said Annette Kennedy, ICN President. “While there has been significan­t disruption to healthcare, there has also been significan­t innovation that has improved access to care. In 2021, we will focus on the changes to and innovation­s in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.”

The Canadian Nurses Associatio­n has declared this year’s Nursing Week theme: #Weanswerth­ecall, in order to highlight the many different roles nurses play in a patient’s healthcare journey. The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the crucial role nurses play in our communitie­s and the courage and commitment they display every day to do a job that impacts all of our lives.

The Ontario Nurses Associatio­n (ONA) has chosen the theme Still Standing. Still Strong. Still Proud. It reflects the dedication nurses have shown, providing safe, high-quality care to their patients, residents, and clients through these extremely challengin­g times. Not only dealing with COVID-19, but the many issues that have been brought to light in its wake. Nurses are often the first and only point of care and their knowledge, courage, and compassion has never been more important or more apparent.

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