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Niagara Region celebrates National Nursing Week and Long-Term Care Week

Over the past year, the pandemic has affected our frontline healthcare workers in immeasurable ways. Despite all of the many challenges, our healthcare workers, nurses in Public Health and Long-term Care, personal support workers and more have worked tirelessly to safeguard the health and well-being of our Niagara community and visitors.  

In addition to celebrating Nurse’s Week from May 9 to 15, Niagara Region is celebrating the actions of its courageous and professional frontline healthcare workers, including the hidden heroes who help keep Niagara Region’s long-term care homes clean as well as ensuring the residents are well cared for, active, connected with friends and families, and safe.

Whether that’s helping us during a hospital stay, caring for our family and friends in long-term care homes or working at mass immunization clinics, Public Health nurses and all long-term care staff have been the backbone in the fight against COVID-19.

“On behalf of Regional Council, I want express my sincere appreciation for all who work in long-term care homes, or serve our community by being a nurse,” said Regional Chair, Jim Bradley. “The week of May 9 marks both National Nursing Week and Long-term Care Week, and on behalf of Regional Council I want to recognize the dedicated nurses, long-term care staff and frontline workers who provide quality care for some of our most vulnerable residents. Our staff go above and beyond, day in and day out, to make a difference in the lives of our residents and patients – their meaningful contribution to our region does not go unnoticed.”

The 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 again this year is We Answer the Call / A Voice to Lead and was developed by the 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.

We encourage you to think about that special nurse in your life, whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, and thank them for everything they do.

Quotes

"As we celebrate National Nursing Week and Long-Term Care Week, I would like to thank all of our nurses and long-term care staff for all that you do. You answer the call everyday in our long-term care homes, and this was made even more evident with our recent achievement of Exemplary Standing with Accreditation Canada across all eight of our long-term care homes. It affirms what we know to be true that everyone on our team is committed to providing safe, high-quality health care services to residents and families in Niagara."
~ Adrienne Jugley, Commissioner, Community Services
"For the past two years, it has been an enormous privilege to work with the incredible nurses in Public Health & Emergency Services as they answered the call to continue front-line service delivery in a pandemic, as well as stepping into new roles to protect us from COVID-19. I am similarly so grateful for the amazing dedication of our nursing partners in long-term care, retirement homes, congregate settings, home care, primary care, and of course hospitals. Their compassion and care for our entire community through incredibly difficult times for them both personally and professionally has been exemplary. As we begin to exit this pandemic, nurses will be a critical voice to lead us to our new normal. I know that they will point us to how we can be safer from viruses like COVID-19 in the long-term, and how our entire community can become more equitable."
~ Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region Public Health
"On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to share my sincerest thanks and gratitude to all nurses, long-term care and Public Health staff for the work you do every day. The contributions that you make and your commitment to our communities do not go unnoticed."
~ Ron Tripp, CAO

Media Inquiries

Janine Tessmer
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3290
janine.tessmer@niagararegion.ca


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