Every year, National Nursing Week is celebrated to recognize the hard work and contributions that nurses and allied health care professionals make to providing quality patient care.
“Recognizing National Nursing Week gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves that we stand in solidarity with these workers as they face not only increasingly precarious working conditions but also an unsustainably increasing workload and higher patient acuity,” said Unifor National President, Jerry Dias.
From May 7 to 13 in 2018, let us remember to appreciate all of the health care workers and the work that they do, often done under work conditions of under-funding, under-staffed, over-crowded health facilities.
National Nursing Week also coincides with both, International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12.
In acknowledging the tireless efforts of these workers Unifor is also calling for changes in the health care system and workplaces. Health and safety concerns remain at the forefront, as health care workers find themselves dealing with high levels of violence in the workplace more and more often. Nurses, like many health care workers and first responders are asked to do more in less time and with fewer resources, and are frequently exposed to communicable diseases and infections at work.
Added to this all too common workplace situation are funding cut-backs and chronic under-funding in health care and the growing risk of privatization, which shift the burden of care to patients. With provincial elections coming up in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec this year, Unifor reinvigorates our commitment to ensuring that governments and decision-makers prioritize public health care
“It’s is difficult to leave work at the end of my shift knowing that some of my patients needs are going unmet because I simply didn’t have the time our resources to meet them,” said Robyn Thomson, Registered Practical Nurse.
Read Unifor’s Statement on National Nursing Week here.