EDMONTON, May 9 /CNW/ - National Nursing Week is a time to reflect on
the many valued contributions made by registered nurses. The annual
celebration also provides an opportunity to embrace the ongoing
potential of nursing to help provide the best health care possible,
according to the College and Association of Registered Nurses of
Alberta (CARNA). National Nursing Week runs from May 9-15, 2011.
Alberta's National Nursing Week theme of "Expert Caring Makes a
Difference" is more poignant and timely than ever, says CARNA President
"Nursing is a science and an art," Petruk says. "As the largest group of
health professionals, registered nurses provide a high level of care in
acute and unpredictable situations. They also have a unique expertise
as it relates to patient education and the coordination of care."
According to Petruk, RNs and Nurse Practitioners can contribute to
managing the projected increase in chronic conditions of an aging
population and to delaying and preventing their onset. Registered
nurses apply their knowledge and expertise in a variety of settings
from hospitals, homes and schools to classrooms and boardrooms in
urban, rural and remote locations across the province. Of the 33,000
registered nurses in Alberta, 58 per cent work in hospitals, seven per
cent work in nursing homes or long-term care, six per cent work in
community health agencies and 29 per cent work in other settings.
CARNA's Expert Caring campaign highlights how registered nurses deliver
benefits to long-term care residents, shorten hospital stays, prevent
hospital deaths, reduce hospital infections, cut wait times and control
health-care costs. Full details can be found by visiting www.expertcaring.ca.
National Nursing Week is also providing CARNA with an opportunity to
increase awareness about the vital importance and potential of Nurse
Practitioners to the health-care system. NPs are registered nurses with
additional education and experience in the assessment and diagnosis of
illnesses and injuries. They have the knowledge and authority to
prescribe medications, order laboratory tests and x-rays, and can refer
patients to other health professionals.
"Nurse Practitioners are really an untapped resource," says CARNA Chief
Executive Officer Mary-Anne Robinson. "By allowing NPs to deliver more
aspects of primary care, it would improve access, increase the quality
of care and secondary prevention, decrease demand and move the entire
The accomplishments of RNs/NPs will be celebrated at the CARNA Awards of
Nursing Excellence Gala on June 9, 2011. A list of recipients and
additional information is available at www.carnaawards.ca .
About National Nursing Week
In 1971, the International Council of Nurses designated May 12 (Florence
Nightingale's birthday) as International Nurses Day. In 1985, in
recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing
profession, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week
of May as National Nursing Week in Canada.
CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than
33,000 RNs, including nurses in direct care, education, research and
administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to
protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe
and ethical care by registered nurses. For more information, visit www.nurses.ab.ca.
SOURCE College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
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