It is my pleasure to rise today in recognition of National Nurses Week and I’m pleased to welcome to the gallery today Paul Boudreau and Audrey Fraser 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 day in and day out.
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 is essential to their patient’s well-being.
It is my pleasure to be a part of a few events this week including the award presentations for the Marjorie Vessey and Emily A. Bryant awards.
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 each and 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.
Nurses are the largest group of health-care professionals in our Island health care system and as this year’s campaign slogan suggests, they are leaders for change.
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 Canadian Nurses Association is an integral partner of the Health Care Innovation Working Group helping to transform the way health care is delivered in our country.
And, here in our province, 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.
The Province of Prince Edward Island values our relationship with these groups. Currently, our government is working with ARNPEI on the scope of practice of nurses to ensure that their knowledge, experience and practice is fully utilized.
Once again, I would like to thank our Island nurses for the exceptional care they provide to Islanders from tip to tip.