Registered Nurses Respond to Appointment of New Health Minister

EDMONTON, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) responded to the announcement that Gene Zwozdesky had been appointed Minister of Health and Wellness.

"We are pleased to hear of the appointment of Gene Zwozdesky as Minister of Health and Wellness," says Joan Petruk, CARNA president. "He has a track record of listening to all concerned and a reputation for bringing people together. His past experience as Associate Minister in the health portfolio means he is familiar with the system and the potential for improvements in access, safety and improving patient outcomes, all principles which CARNA actively promotes and works to achieve. We look forward to meeting with Minister Zwozdesky in the near future, welcoming him and discussing the opportunity for Alberta's registered nurses to be more involved in improving Alberta's health care delivery system. CARNA also offers best wishes to Minister Ron Liepert in his new ministry."

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.

SOURCE College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta

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