St. John’s, NL –The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU) proudly acknowledges the vital contributions of nursing professionals during National Nursing Week, which runs from May 8-14.

“This week, we celebrate registered nurses and all that they do to provide the highest level of care to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said RNU President Debbie Forward. “From the operating room to long-term care, from outpatient clinics to home visits, registered nurses are involved every step of the way, making their expertise invaluable to our health care system.”

While National Nursing Week is a time to celebrate registered nurses and other nursing providers, it is also a time to reflect on a health care system in our province that is under strain,” Forward added.

“Registered nurses play a key role in improving health care delivery,” says Forward. “Research shows that when proper registered nurse staffing is in place, we create a more efficient health care system, lower costs, and most importantly, improve patient outcomes.”

RNU will host MHAs for a breakfast meeting on safe registered nurse staffing on May 16.  Presenter Mike Villeneuve, an expert in nursing and health policy at the federal and national level, will explore the importance of evidence-informed nursing policy.

“Next week, we will share compelling research with MHAs on how evidence-driven registered nurse staffing can build safer, healthier communities across Newfoundland and Labrador,” adds Forward. “This is an opportunity to discuss how registered nurses can achieve greater value in health care at a time when we must spend smarter.”

Registered nurses across the province will be holding events to mark Nursing Week. RNU will run print and radio ads throughout the week.

The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador represents more than 5,700 Registered Nurses working in acute care, long-term care, community, education and research.



For More Information Contact:

Karyn Whelan
Communications Specialist