I was pleased to stand in the House today to recognize National Nursing Week, May 6-12, 2012.
This week is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the very important role nurses play in the Prince Edward Island health system.
Next week, several appreciation events will take place and I will have the pleasure to be a part of award presentations for the Marjorie Vessey Award and Emily A. Bryant Award which go to members of our province’s dedicated nursing staff.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all who were nominated for these prestigious awards, for dedication to their profession and exceptional achievements.
Our nurses deserve recognition for their commitment to the profession, not only this week, but every day for the important role they play in providing comfort, care and expertise to their patients on a daily basis.
This government values the importance of nurses in our collaborative model of care.
In the past five years, we have added 125 RN positions and 58 more LPN positions resulting in the addition of 78,400 house of direct patient care to our health system.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our Island nurses for the value they bring to patients, families, and communities across our great province.
As Minister of Health and Wellness, I have had the opportunity to see first hand the hard work and dedication of our nursing staff in facilities tip-to-tip.
The level of care, expertise, and teamwork of these nurses is truly outstanding and helps define what is working so well in our health care system.
I deeply thank all the nurses in our province.