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International Nurses Day is an opportunity to recognize the ‘stamina and dedication’ of all regulated nurses

May 12, 2021 — Tim Guest, president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), issued a statement today to celebrate International Nurses Day.

“As we mark the second International Nurses Day of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the incredible stamina, dedication and commitment displayed by nurses across Canada and around the globe. You have selflessly put yourselves in harm’s way, risking infections to answer the call of your communities and Canada’s health-care system.

“I know that many of you across the country are facing critical fatigue and feeling demoralized from witnessing this virus’s deadly toll. Many have indicated they struggle with each shift and feel emotionally and physically depleted. Despite the challenges, it is important for us to take a moment today to recognize and celebrate the leadership role of regulated nurses in Canada.

“This year’s National Nursing Week theme is #WeAnswerTheCall, but it’s not about being ‘called’ to nursing. Rather, it reflects the many roles nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The theme speaks to how nurses respond when needed, and it highlights the value they bring to the health-care system. Today, I encourage the public, governments, organizations, and nurses to celebrate each other and the profession of nursing — a profession that truly contributes to positive health outcomes for all people living in Canada.”


About the Canadian Nurses Association
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. We represent registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and retired nurses across all 13 provinces and territories.

For more information, please contact:
Eve Johnston
Media and Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-282-7859
Email: ejohnston@cna-aiic.ca