May 6, 2019

The Registered Nurses’ Union Celebrates National Nursing Week 2019 and Advocates for Improved Health Care

St. John’s, NL – The Registered Nurses’ Union (RNU) Newfoundland & Labrador proudly acknowledges the vital contributions of registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and other nursing providers during National Nursing Week, which runs from May 6 to 12.

“This week, and every week, we celebrate the incredible role that our RNs and NPs play in providing the highest level of care to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Debbie Forward, President, RNU. “These professionals are with you every step of the way. From the delivery room to long-term care, our RNs and NPs are with you during those life-changing moments to provide knowledgeable and compassionate care. We thank all of our RNs and NPs for the invaluable role they play in our health care system.”

While National Nursing Week is a time to celebrate nurses, it is also a time to reflect on a health care system in our province that is under strain. This year Nursing Week also falls during an election. The RNU is urging members to ask candidates their position on the following critical issues:

  • What is your party’s plan to eliminate 24 hour shifts?
  • What is your party’s plan to recruit and retain RNs and NPs?

These are the questions RNU will be asking all four party leaders through social media platforms so all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can be better informed.

“This is an opportune time for our union and members to ask political parties what they are prepared to do to improve health care,” added Ms. Forward. “We all deserve better. It’s time to step back from band aid solutions and put in place concrete actions plans. If we want to improve health outcomes for the people of our province, it starts with safe staffing levels and improved access to primary care.”

Registered nurses across the province will host events this week to celebrate Nursing Week. President Debbie Forward will attend numerous events and will also do a live message to members on Facebook on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

For more information on the RNU and its members, visit


The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador is the official trade union for registered nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Representing approximately 5,300 members, the RNU forms a strong, unified voice for nurses working in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Jackie O’Brien
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