"Proud and honoured."
That's how Barb O'Neil, chief nursing officer at Bluewater Health, describes how she and her colleagues feel about celebrating the upcoming National Nursing Week (May 7-13).
The team of 800 full and part-time Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialists at Bluewater Health are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes in care,” says O’Neil. "The Sarnia-Lambton community is well-served by this dedicated group of healthcare professionals.”
Nursing Week activities at Bluewater Health will include information displays and educational events, delivery of bakery trays to nursing units and special presentations by two managers, called “Reaching Out to Third World Countries.” The presentation is the story of their recent work in El Salvador and links to the importance of healthcare internationally.
Nurses are committed to improving the lives of Canadians by working to advance health for all. Bluewater Health is excited to take part in this week, recognizing nurses not only as dedicated healthcare providers, but also as leaders, innovators and role models within the community.
National Nursing Week began in Canada in 1985 and was selected to be the second week of May in order to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. The International Council of Nurses has also designated May 12 as International Nurses Day.