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Statement from CNA president Barb Shellian on National Nursing Week

Ottawa, May 7, 2018 — Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) president Barb Shellian issued a statement today to celebrate National Nursing Week, May 7-13:

“National Nursing Week is a great opportunity to recognize the leadership role of more than 415,000 regulated nurses in Canada. As various governments have invested heavily in new technology over the past two decades, nurses remain integral to ensuring Canadians have access to timely, efficient and quality care. The #YesThisIsNursing theme affirms the breadth and depth of the profession. It acknowledges the evolution of nursing care competencies and the nursing practices changing alongside.

“As our health-care system continues to evolve, there are currently huge unmet demands for care in Canada. Nursing research shows that strengthening nursing collaboration and maximizing the unique contributions of each specialty and nursing designation will positively impact the profession by increasing nurses’ satisfaction and improving patient outcomes. Canadians and health-care leaders increasingly expect nurses to be leaders of health-care teams in many different care settings. As the backbone of Canada’s health-care system, we are uniquely positioned to contribute to improve care in Canada.

“CNA also recognizes the contribution of nurses worldwide. As a member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), we join with other nurses in celebrating International Nurses Day on May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. We commend the efforts of nurses collectively to address major health and social challenges facing the globe. CNA is also pleased to support the new Nursing Now campaign, which aims to enhance the influence and nursing contributions to ensure access to health and health care for all.

“I encourage everyone to take a moment this week to celebrate all nurses and the profession of nursing — a profession that truly contributes to better health for patients, clients and families in all communities. #YesThisIsNursing #StrongerTogether”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, 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
Lead, Communications
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca