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Statement from CNA president Barb Shellian on National Nursing Week

Ottawa, May 5, 2017 — Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) president Barb Shellian issued a statement today to celebrate National Nursing Week, May 8-14:

“In our country each day, nurses provide safe, quality care and advocate on behalf of their patients and clients. Nurses also promote health and wellness, lead research and innovations, address health and social inequities, and carry out important work in the public interest. All this has a real impact on the lives of Canadians and on the health-care system.

“National Nursing Week is a great opportunity to recognize the more than 415,000 regulated nurses in Canada and their many important roles. In fact, this year’s theme, #YESThisIsNursing, affirms the breadth and depth of the profession. It speaks to the expanding traditional and non-traditional roles, settings and sectors nurses work in as well as the unique opportunities for our profession presented by social media and technology.

“This week CNA also acknowledges the work of nurses worldwide. May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, marks International Nurses Day. We commend the efforts of nurses collectively to address major health and social challenges facing the globe.

“I encourage the public, governments, organizations and nurses to take a moment this week to celebrate all nurses and the profession of nursing — a profession that truly contributes to positive outcomes for patients, clients, families and communities.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca