May 10, 2021

#WeAnswerTheCall: Registered Nurses’ Union Members Mark Nursing Week 2021

St. John’s, May 10, 2021 – The Registered Nurses’ Union’s 5,300 registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are poised to virtually celebrate their profession during Nursing Week 2021.

 

The Nursing Week theme is #WeAnswerTheCall and it honours the courage and commitment nurses bring to their work every day.

 

“This year registered nurses and nurse practitioners have faced unprecedented challenges as a result of a growing nursing shortage and COVID-19,” notes Coffey. “But, as always, they answered the call – caring for our province’s most vulnerable, never giving up on their patients, and playing a vital role in our response to COVID-19.”

 

Nursing Week is scheduled for May 10 to 16. RNU will host a virtual Nursing Week Thank You Event for its members on May 12 with musical performances from acts including Tim Baker and Derina Harvey, as well as special greetings and prize draws.

 

This year makes the second Nursing Week during COVID-19.  The pandemic has put the spotlight on the critical importance of nursing care and has also revealed the extent of staffing shortages in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

“Instead of words of praise during Nursing Week, what we really need is action,” says Coffey. “We need help, right here in our own province. Understaffing and excessive overtime have pushed our members to their breaking point.”

 

“We’re tired of promises and waiting for commitments to be met.  We’re challenging decision-makers to take decisive and immediate action to address inadequate staffing and the recruitment and retention of RNs and NPs.”

 

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Karyn Whelan

Communications, Registered Nurses’ Union

709-691-0889, kwhelan@rnunl.ca