Media Advisory - Ontario Nurses' Association President Visits Sarnia Today: Linda Haslam-Stroud to celebrate Nursing Week with ONA members

SARNIA, ON, May 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN will be in Sarnia today to celebrate Nursing Week with area nurses.

Haslam-Stroud will meet with ONA members from both sites of Bluewater Health to celebrate the vital role nurses play as skilled care providers and patient advocates. ONA members have chosen the theme, "We are Ontario's nurses. Nurses know." Throughout the week of May 9 to 15, ONA members will celebrate their highly educated and skilled profession and the pivotal role they play in the health-care system.

"ONA members know how valuable their care is in ensuring patients have the best possible health outcomes," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "That makes us more determined than ever to fight the erosion of RN care in our hospitals, being announced across the province as hospital CEOs cut the front lines to balance the bottom line. In some parts of the province, our members are using their roles as patient advocates to take the fight for safe, quality care to Queen's Park. We know the value of proper RN staffing cannot be overstated."

Nursing Week is marked worldwide to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale on May 12. ONA Bargaining Units in hospitals, long-term care, public health, the community, clinics and industry will mark the week with a diverse array of events. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud and ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN, will travel the province to make site visits to ONA members. Haslam-Stroud is available for media interviews while in the region.

ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care, the community, public health, clinics and industry.


Ontario Nurses' Association President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN


Visiting nurses in Sarnia


Tuesday, May 10, 2016


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SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430; cell: (416) 986-8240;; Melanie Levenson, (416) 964-8833, ext. 2369;


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