TORONTO, May 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Practical Nurses across Ontario today kicked off Nursing Week 2019 celebrations.
"While the Ontario Nurses' Association's (ONA's) 65,000 members face unprecedented uncertainty these days due to health-care restructuring, it is vital to put aside our anxieties and take the time to celebrate the passion, dedication and extraordinary knowledge of nurses," says ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN.
"Nursing Week is a chance to pause and share the pride with which we care for our patients, clients and residents. ONA's celebration of Nursing Week 2019 reflects the essence of what nursing is about," she says. "While we possess a great deal of knowledge, what makes us special is our "healing hands and caring hearts."
Nursing Week 2019 runs from May 6 to 12, and ONA members across Ontario will be participating in a wide range of events to celebrate their profession.
McKenna, First Vice-President Cathryn Hoy, RN and other ONA Board members will be visiting workplaces across the province this week to celebrate with members.
"Despite round after round of restructuring, cuts and other challenges, as nurses, we continue to be dedicated to providing high-quality patient care," says McKenna. "Whether we work in a hospital, long-term care, community care, public health, a clinic or industry, our goal is always to provide the best care possible. That is worth celebrating."
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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