MEDIA ADVISORY - Celebrate National Nursing Week, May 9-15

OTTAWA, May 5 /CNW/ - Canadians across the country will celebrate National Nursing Week during the week of May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme this year is Nursing - the health of our nation. May 12 is also International Nurses Day, whose theme is Closing the gap: Increasing access and equity.

Who?     Canadian Nurses Association
What?     National Nursing Week activities and events
When?   May 9-15, 2011
Why?    In recognition of the nursing profession's contributions to society
Where?   Across Canada

May 12 will see nursing groups present a brief before the Supreme Court in favour of harm reduction strategies such as those in place at Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility. On May 11, the Canadian Nurses Association will be announcing the winners of this year's Employer Recognition Awards.

Of special interest this year is the Canadian Nurses Foundation's first annual Nightingale Gala which will take place in Ottawa on May 10. It will be a health-care who's who coming together in support of nursing research, education and clinical excellence.

For more information on National Nursing Week events, visit CNA's National Nursing Week calendar.

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 143,843 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

SOURCE CANADIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION

For further information:

Media inquiries:

Lisa Brazeau
Director, Communications and Member Outreach
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159 ext. 252
Cell: 613-864-1371
media@cna-aiic.ca

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