Here’s to the Courage and Dedication of Frontline Healthcare Workers on National Nursing Week

“I am honoured to recognize and thank the dedicated nurses, long-term care staff and frontline workers who provide quality care for some of Niagara’s most vulnerable residents. COVID-19 has required our staff to go above and beyond to provide the very best care possible, and our talented employees make a real difference.”                                                                                                   – Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted May 10th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region marks National Nursing Week and Long-Term Care Week

Niagara, Ontario – Over the past year, we’ve seen so many frontline healthcare workers selflessly answer the call as the COVID-19 pandemic took over our hospitals, long-term care homes, schools and workplaces.

Of those courageous and professional frontline healthcare workers, nurses, personal support workers and lots of others are an integral part of the equation. Whether that’s helping us during a hospital stay, caring for our family and friends in long-term care homes or working at mass immunization clinics, nurses have been the backbone in the fight against COVID-19.

“On behalf of Regional Council, I want express my sincere appreciation for all who work in long-term care homes, or serve our community by being a nurse,” said Regional Chair, Jim Bradley.

“The week of May 10 marks both National Nursing Week and Long-Term Care Week, and I am honoured to recognize and thank the dedicated nurses, long-term care staff and frontline workers who provide quality care for some of Niagara’s most vulnerable residents. COVID-19 has required our staff to go above and beyond to provide the very best care possible, and our talented employees make a real difference.”

The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by the Canadian Nurses

Association <https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/news-room/events/national-nursing-week>to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The pandemic brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and showed the important role that nurses play in the community.

So this year, as we celebrate National Nursing Week, think about that special nurse in your life, whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, and thank them. Odds are you can say #IKnowANurse who has made an impact on your life.

Quotes

“I would like to directly thank all of our nurses and long-term care staff as we celebrate National Nursing Week and Long-term Care Week across our 8 Regional long-term care homes this May. You certainly answer the call everyday in our long-term care homes, showing compassion and kindness to residents and supporting families and caregivers during these challenging times. Thank you for all you do.” ~ */Adrienne Jugley, Commissioner, Community Services/*

“Throughout this pandemic, our Public Health & Emergency Services teams have answered the call to protect our community from this pandemic, and nurses have been an integral part of that. Whether it has been taking on new roles to combat COVID-19, absorbing the extra burden of supporting residents whose other health issues have worsened, or taking on more leadership opportunities, they have invariably shown the compassion and care of clients that defines nursing. Thank you to all of them for their service to our community.” ~ */Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region Public Health/*

“On behalf of all senior leadership at the Region, I would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all nurses and long-term care staff for how you all have responded during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this celebratory week, we just want to recognize the contributions that you’ve made in our communities, whether it be at a Community Services office, long-term care home, or public health facility. We appreciate you.” ~ */Ron Tripp, Acting CAO/*

A Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on National Nursing Week

May 10, 2021, Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on National Nursing Week, which runs  May 10 to 16:

“Today, as we mark the first day of National Nursing Week  <https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/news-room/events/national-nursing-week>, we recognize these selfless professionals who undertake life-saving work every day.

“Nurses are heroes of our health care system. They work tirelessly to deliver critical care to their patients and communities, and make Canada a better place to live.

“This year’s theme, ‘#WeAnswerTheCall’, highlights nurses’ courage and commitment, and reminds us of the many roles they play to keep our communities safe and healthy. Whether working in hospitals or medical centres, providing  mental health services or caring for vulnerable seniors, including those in  long-term care homes, nurses dedicate themselves to protecting our health and saving lives in a range of public health settings.

“Since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, nurses across the country have been on the front lines, putting themselves in harm’s way, and undertaking physically and mentally exhausting work to keep their fellow Canadians safe. …

“Every day nurses are shouldering more responsibilities, and face significant strain to keep Canadians safe and bring us to the other side of the pandemic.

But as the pandemic continues, we all have a role to play in keeping Canada’s nurses and other front-line health care workers safe and healthy.

That means continuing to follow public health advice, including by keeping two metres apart and staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask, washing our hands regularly, and downloading and using the COVID Alert app. It also means getting your COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.”

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One response to “Here’s to the Courage and Dedication of Frontline Healthcare Workers on National Nursing Week

  1. Linda McKellar

    As of January there were 695,704 COVID cases in Canada and 65,920 were health care workers including deaths as young as 19.

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