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Celebrating more than 2,100 nurses at Niagara Health

Posted May 9th, 2022

Celebrating more than 2,100 nurses at Niagara Health

Niagara Health is celebrating its dedicated nursing teams during National Nursing Week, which takes place this year from May 9 to 15.

“We are so grateful for our incredible nurses who continue to provide extraordinary caring to patients and their loved ones,” says Heather Paterson, Interim Executive Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “Healthcare is a calling, and our nurses have continued to answer the call, going above and beyond each day. They have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years, and I am inspired by their courage, dedication, compassion and accomplishments.”

This year’s theme is #WeAnswerTheCall, which was developed by the Canadian Nurses Association to highlight the critical role of nurses in a patient’s healthcare journey.

“Our nurses contribute to all aspects of Niagara Health’s work to provide safe, quality healthcare to our patients and their families,” says Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO. “The pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on our teams, and I am looking forward to honouring our nursing staff and leaders and recognizing their contributions.”

In celebration of nurses in the region and across the world, Niagara Falls will be illuminated blue from 10 to 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. On behalf of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, the illumination can be viewed virtually from the comfort and safety of home. Those who plan to visit the Falls must follow public health guidelines. In addition, on May 9, the City of Welland’s Bridge 13 and Brock University’s Schmon Tower will be illuminated blue.

Nursing Excellence Awards

As part of National Nursing Week, Niagara Health is recognizing 22 award recipients in eight categories that exemplify Extraordinary Caring for patients and their loved ones, as well as team members and colleagues across their sites. This year’s recipients will be announced on Thursday, May 12.

About National Nursing Week

National Nursing Week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians. The week is celebrated annually in Canada during the second week of May, which falls over the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale on May 12.

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