National Nursing Week: May 11-17

National Nursing Week is held in May every year to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  This year’s theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health.

This theme, which was chosen before the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic were felt across the globe, could not have been more appropriate. The events of the past several months have highlighted the very essential role of nurses, the world over.

2020 is a special year, as it marks Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. As such, the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

During National Nursing Week, the CLPNM would like to recognize LPNs for their important contribution to the health and wellness of all Manitobans, and for their unwavering dedication to providing exceptional care and comfort.

Nurses, including LPNs, are the largest sector of health professionals and they play a pivotal role everyday. That critical role is amplified as all nurses and health care professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  LPNs work autonomously yet collaboratively with the entire health care team. During this time, it is vital that we recognize not only the efforts of nurses and other regulated health care professionals but also the other members of team. The housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff. The health system is interconnected and the COVID-19 response has demonstrated how adept health care teams in Manitoba really are with collaborative team work.

LPNs make a difference in the lives of patients, communities and entire populations. Now more than ever, it is clear to see the impact LPNs have on the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals and entire communities.