It is my pleasure to rise today in recognition of National Nurses Week and I’m pleased to welcome to the gallery today Nancy MacFayden, Becky Gosbee, Paul Boudreau, Audrey Fraser, Tracey Hagan O’Connor, Lorraine Dougan, Heather Rix, Cynthia Bryanton and Karen Ball from the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island.
National Nurses Week is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Island nurses and recognize the valuable life-saving work they do.
Members of the nursing profession distinguish themselves every day.
They work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. Their expertise, care, and comfort are essential to their patient’s well-being.
In recognition of National Nurses Week, a number of events are scheduled across the province including the presentations of the Marjorie Vessey, Kay Lewis and Emily A. Bryant awards for nursing excellence.
I would like to congratulate all who were nominated for these prestigious awards and thank them for their dedication to the profession, their patients and our health care system.
Our nurses deserve recognition every day and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our Island nurses for the value they bring to patients, their families and our communities across this great province.
Over the years, the role of nurses in our Island health-care system has evolved.
While nurses have always been counted on for their compassion and care, today’s nurses are moving beyond that to be leaders in education, administration and research.
The PEI Nurses Union and Association of Registered Nurses of PEI are helping guide the course for patient-centred, high quality care in our Island health care system.
Once again, I would like to thank our Island nurses for the exceptional care they provide to Islanders from tip to tip. Thank you.