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Statement from CNA president Claire Betker on tragic events in Nova Scotia on April 19, 2020

April 20, 2020 — We are deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence that took place in Nova Scotia yesterday. We have learned that two of the victims were members of the nursing family and employees of VON – Heather O’Brien, a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and Kristen Beaton, a continuing care assistant.

Our thoughts are with the victims’ families, VON Canada and everyone else effected by this tragedy.

Nurses and all health-care providers are leaders, bravely providing care to the public during challenging times. Yesterday we lost two of those professionals. CNA mourns their loss and mourns for everyone impacted.

Claire Betker, RN, MN, PhD, CCHN(C)
President

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