CARNA Executive Director Appointed to Advisory Committee on Health

    EDMONTON, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Alberta Health and Wellness announced today
that Mary-Anne Robinson, executive director of the College and Association of
Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), has been appointed to the Minister of
Health and Wellness' Advisory Committee on Health.
    "I appreciate this opportunity to participate in discussion of changes to
the legislation underpinning our health system," says Robinson. "The first
priority for all registered nurses is what is best for the health of our
patients, their families and their communities. Our profession also supports a
strong publicly-funded health system and I will bring these perspectives with
me as a member of the advisory committee."
    According to Robinson, research shows that the care provided by
registered nurses can prevent mistakes from happening in hospitals, reduce
infection rates and reduce the number of times people have to be readmitted to
the hospital.
    "Registered nurses are the largest group of health professionals in our
health system and it makes sense that nursing knowledge be factored into
discussions of health system change," says Robinson. "It also has to be
recognized that we need enough health professionals to provide the care and
health services that Albertans require regardless of whether that care occurs
in hospitals, in community facilities or in homes."

    CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than
32,000 RNs, including nurses in direct care, education, research and
administration. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that
Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Margaret
Ward-Jack, T: (780) 453-0515, C: (780) 932-1376, F: (780) 452-3276,

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