National Nursing Week, May 11 - 17, 2009

    Nurses: Working Together For Your Health

    EDMONTON, May 11 /CNW/ - As the largest group of health professionals,
nurses are essential to all aspects of the health-care system - from direct
patient care to coordination of care to management at all levels. Nurses
impact the life of communities in every imaginable situation, providing
solutions and touching the human heart. National Nursing Week, May 11-17,
provides an opportunity to help the public understand and appreciate the
contributions that the nursing professions make in improving the health of
    This year, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
(CARNA), the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) and the
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) have joined
together to collectively celebrate nursing with the theme "Nurses: Working
Together for Your Health."
    The health-care system requires nursing professions to work
collaboratively to achieve best possible patient outcomes. In some care
situations, all members of the nursing team possess the necessary knowledge,
skills and judgment to provide clients and their families with safe,
competent, ethical care. In other situations, the knowledge, skills and
judgment required may be unique to one provider.
    In Alberta, there are 32,000 RNs, 7,500 LPNs and 1,200 RPNs working
together in today's ever-changing health care environment. Health care
providers must work together to increase the system's ability to deliver safe
and effective care that is accessible and cost-effective. This means that
everyone involved must be knowledgeable about the needs of people need care,
the care setting, and the roles and responsibilities of each nurse.

    About National Nursing Week

    In 1971, the International Council of Nurses designated May 12 (Florence
Nightingale's birthday) as International Nurses Day. In 1985, in recognition
of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the federal
minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nursing Week
in Canada. Nurses through- out the province celebrate National Nursing Week
with a variety of events ranging from dinners and educational speakers to
special treats at coffee breaks.

    About The Colleges

    The three professional nursing regulatory bodies, CARNA, CLPNA, and
CRPNA, are accountable to the public for the provision of safe, ethical,
competent nursing care by their respective members through authority granted
in provincial legislation. This includes initial and ongoing registration,
continuing competence, practice support, and discipline. Each regulatory body
is responsible for the development of codes of ethics, standards of practice,
and the approval of nursing education programs. As well, each regulatory body
has the authority to define the scope of practice of their respective members.

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,; Carolyn Black, T: (780) 484-8886 ext. 236, F: (780)
484-9069,; Elizabeth Taylor, T: (780) 434-7666, F: (780)

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