The Standard (St. Catharines)

Happy Nursing Week 2021

- Nathan Kelly, BSCN MSC CMHPN Registered Nurse

I do hope that all readers are taking care and adhering to the important guidelines set out by our local, provincial, national and global health leadership and government­s during this pandemic. Collective­ly, we can overcome this by staying home, sticking with physical distancing, washing our hands and of course, participat­ing in getting the COVID vaccinatio­n.

My name is Nathan Kelly, a Registered Nurse, and the Region 3 representa­tive (Niagara, Hamilton, Brant-haldimand-norfolk) on the board of directors for the Registered Nurses’ Associatio­n of Ontario (RNAO) the profession­al associatio­n for Registered Nurses, Nurse Practition­ers and Nursing students in Ontario.

My full-time practice is located in Niagara as an outreach nurse with specialty in Mental Health and psychiatry and have been doing so for 9 years now. During this time I have had the privilege of meeting individual­s and their families is the spaces and places they call home, and is truly a humbling and enriching career, as all the moments and experience­s I have had, and continue to have, has shaped my lifer in ways never imagined.

Amongst many profession­al involvemen­ts, I am a disaster responder with involvemen­t as an RN with Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT), a global large scale disaster response NGO and Ontario’s own Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) which responds to provincial disasters and crisis including COVID relief work this past summer in Windsor-essex. Having disaster clinicians at the ready locally, nationally and internatio­nally underlines the important work all front-line people profession­s that work tirelessly 24/7 to ensure our collective safety and well-being across the lifespan.

Please take great care as we all work together to defeat


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