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Sudbury is formally recognizing National Nursing Week May 9 to 13

City encourages residents to acknowledge the work of nurses. RNAO named Sudbury nurses chapter as Chapter of the Year.

National Nursing Week is being celebrated May 9 to 13 in Canada.  It will formally be observed in Sudbury thanks to a proclamation issued by the Mayor on behalf of the municipality where all citizens of Sudbury are encouraged to "acknowledge the tireless work of our nurses".

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), Sudbury chapter, said it was pleased to have mayor Brian Bigger present the proclamation to honour the efforts of nurses everywhere.

The Sudbury Chapter of RNAO was named Chapter of the Year for Ontario for 2021.  

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday, as International Nurses Day, said a statement from RNAO. In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the Canadian minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nursing Week in Canada, said RNAO.

RNAO said Nightingale is best known around the world as the 'Lady with the Lamp' who gave nursing care to British soldiers during the Crimean War and turned nursing into a profession. 

Nightingale was also an activist, social theorist and author whose advocacy to improve health and sanitation for British Army soldiers, and writings on hospital planning and organization. RNAO said this laid the foundation for nursing's emphasis on social determinants of health today. Nightingale published more than 200 books, reports and pamphlets.

Accordingly, said RNAO, Nursing Week gives nurses across the world the chance to celebrate the work they do to keep Nightingale's work alive by advocating for policies that keep people healthy, and care for them when they're ill.  

This year’s theme, Nurses: We Answer the Call reflects the fact that every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve their highest attainable standard of health, said RNAO.. The theme is more important than ever, as all of us deal with the ongoing impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic.