From supporting nurses and recognizing the hard work they do – especially these days during a pandemic and endless hours – they need recognition.
The British Columbia Nurses Union sees support throughout the province for the week. Plans are in the works for a municipality to declare National Nursing Week as well.
"We are working with delegates and hoping there is support for some more formal recognition in the Dawson Creek (and South Peace) area," said one BCNU member this afternoon.
Canada’s National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place from the Monday to the Sunday of the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by Canadian Nurses Association 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.
“This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan,” says Annette Kennedy, International Council of Nurses president.
The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians. In 1971, ICN designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day.
During the week on May 13, the BCNU is also taking this opportunity to recognize the union's important role in promoting culturally safe care. In support of BCNU's strategic directions, we are ensuring that Indigenous nurses will be represented at this international event. All Indigenous member applications will also be considered for a dedicated seat to the Congress.
In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession's accomplishments as a discipline.