Ontario Nurses' Association kicks off Nursing Week 2009:

    ONA reps travel the province, meeting with front-line RNs, allied health

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the union
representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more
than 10,000 nursing students providing care in hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry, is kicking off
celebrations for Nursing Week 2009 with a series of site visits by ONA
    ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN and other ONA board members will be
joining front-line workers across the province for National Nursing Week
events beginning May 8.
    "This is a critical time for registered nurses," says Haslam-Stroud. "So
many of our front-line nurses are facing position cuts, bed closures and
increased workloads. But at least for this week, we're going to put the
spotlight back on this wonderful profession and the dedicated front-line
nurses who provide quality care for their patients.
    "Our members are deeply committed professionals who make an incredible
contribution to the health-care system," says Haslam-Stroud. "No matter what
sector of health care they work in, nurses remain devoted to providing the
care patients need, even under increasingly difficult circumstances."
    Nursing Week runs from May 11 to 17, 2009. This year's theme is, "Our
Nurses. Respected, Vital Professionals. Caring for You."
    Haslam-Stroud hopes that members of the public will join in celebrating
the achievements of nurses during Nursing Week 2009. As health-care facilities
close beds, face ER closures, and experience more budget pressures, nurses
will continue to advocate for quality care.
    ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past, a
powerful future.

For further information:

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

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