CALGARY, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - One stove for heating, candles for light, and a hospital that started with four beds… a lot has changed in since the Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing opened in Calgary. To celebrate 100 years of nursing in Alberta, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) is looking back at the past century of the profession with a travelling historical display that made its debut at the Calgary Central Library on May 5, 2016. The visit also kicks off Nursing Week which is May 9 to 15, 2016.
"This is a story of 100 years of dedication, innovation, and leadership by the province's registered nurses," says CARNA President Dr. Shannon Spenceley. "Registered nurses have always played an important role in the lives of Albertans. The history of the nursing profession and the growth of this province are closely linked as nurses and nursing practices have adapted to meet the needs of Albertans."
The display includes nursing artifacts, photos, and an interactive digital media centre that takes you from the era of district nursing to nursing today. The launch event welcomed Calgary registered nurses who received Centennial Awards for their exceptional contributions to the profession, including Deputy Mayor and Calgary Ward 13 Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart, who brought greetings at the event.
"Today's registered nurses are expert care-givers who use resources in flexible and innovative ways to meet specific needs," says CARNA CEO Mary-Anne Robinson. "We are leaders in clinical care, research, education, policy development and administration."
FYI: Four of our six 2016 CARNA Award of Nursing Excellence recipients are from Calgary: Emma Folz, RN, Administration; Stacey Dalgleish, NP, Clinical Practice; Emma Folz, RN, Rising Star; and Donna Clare, NP, Committee's Choice.
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CARNA is the regulatory college and professional association for Alberta's more than 37,000 registered nurses including: nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners.
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