Nurses struggle with changing face of health care
AMHERST - Over 60 nurses from all over Canada gathered at the Wandlyn Inn to attend the Nursing with Power and Passion Conference over the weekend.
The conference was organized by president of East Coast Holistic Health Ltd. and registered nurse, Elizabeth Smith- McCrossin and Shirley Mack, clinical research nurse at the Amherst Family Health Clinic.
"The goal of the conference was to reignite power and passion in the nursing community," said Smith-McCrossin. "Nurses have a heart for the people and the community that is unique and it's so valuable," said Smith- McCrossin.
Many topics covered of the conference promoted the idea that nurses have the power within themselves and within the profession to make changes.
"The nurses of today face many challenges today. They often become burnt out and frustrated because of a shortage of staff and they also face oppression," said Mack.
Patsy Smith, a registered nurse and health care consultant, was one of the speakers at the conference. She discussed the topic of leadership in nursing.
"Nurses often face a lack of access to resources, support, opportunities and they lack the feeling of being valued. Nurses need an environment where they can feel empowered. This can happen with good leadership, all nurses can become leaders in their own right," said Smith.
Smith-McCrossin and Mack plan to evaluate the success of the weekend conference and are considering holding future conferences to promote growth in the nursing community.