Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued the following statement to mark National Nursing Week, May 11-17:
“The theme of this year’s National Nursing Week is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.’
“That theme takes on new meaning as nurses help the world respond to the global coronavirus emergency. Here in Alberta, valiant nurses on the front line risk their own health to do their vital work of healing in every community.
“International Nurses Day takes place during National Nursing Week. This year, the day celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the courageous British woman who pioneered modern nursing. She placed patients at the centre of her approach to care. Her fundamental commitment, revolutionary in its day, is now the basis of nursing practice the world over, and certainly here in Alberta.
“Whether they are registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses or licensed practical nurses, these women and men are an indispensable part of Alberta’s health-care system. We celebrate their dedication.
“To all who are doing their duty as nurses in our province at this extraordinary time – and at all times – thank you, on behalf of all Albertans, for your devoted and caring service.
“Happy National Nursing Week.”