FREDERICTON (GNB) – National Nursing Week is being observed from May 8 to 14.

“This week, I encourage New Brunswickers to join me in celebrating the work and expertise of our nurses who provide top-notch care,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Nurses are important health-care professionals who work throughout our communities to provide the best care to patients.”

This year’s theme is #YESThisIsNursing. It highlights the unexpected places, settings and sectors where nurses work, highlighting the unique opportunities for the profession presented by social media and emerging technology trends.

National Nursing Week has been observed in Canada since 1985 to pay tribute to the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, aligning with the May 12 birthday of nursing icon Florence Nightingale.

In New Brunswick, 9,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners are working in a wide range of settings in health care, education, administration, research and policy to:

  • provide direct and preventative care;
  • conduct nursing research;
  • teach clients about health care or teach other nurses about providing care;
  • educate and mentor student nurses;
  • manage nursing care in hospitals and in communities; and
  • develop policy with government.

“Recognizing our province is faced with a number of challenges: be it financial; human resources; system re-organization; and infrastructure needs, nurses are prepared to work collaboratively with government to improve health care for all New Brunswickers,” said Brenda Kinney, president of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick. “We are encouraged by government-led initiatives such as the Family Plan Framework and the Aging Strategy for New Brunswick and look forward to nurses playing a role in their successful implementation.”

Interested individuals may join the dialogue on social media by following @nanb_aiinb and using the hashtags #YESThisIsNursing and #NationalNursingWeek.