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May 6 to 13 in Nursing Week 2013

The week of May 6 to 13 is Nursing Week in Cumberland County.

AMHERST – They are there in both the best and worst of times for patients and their families. They’re often over-worked and under-appreciated, but their dedication can never be questioned.

The many contributions of nurses across Cumberland County will be celebrated beginning Monday during Nursing Week 2013.

The Cumberland Health Authority will be joining other organizations in supporting this year’s theme, Nursing: A Leading Force For Change that recognizes the role of nurses who are at the forefront of effecting positive change in the delivery of health care services.

CEO Bruce Quigley said many people envision nurses only in the more traditional role of care at the bedside however the job of a nurse has changed greatly over the past number of years.

“While the majority of nurses do provide one-on-one care to patients in hospital, many of the enhancements in care delivery that result in improved patient outcomes are led by nurses. The CHA is very fortunate to have highly skilled nurses working across the district in a variety of roles including many where our nurses are provincial and national leaders,” Quigley said Friday.

Quigley said a great example of how nurses are leading change in health care is their role in the collaborative emergency centers that are operating in three Cumberland County communities.

“Without the commitment of nurses to enhance their skills and take on greater responsibilities, CECs would quite simply not have been as successful in improving the delivery of care,” added Quigley. “Over the coming months the role of registered nurses in CECs will expand even more as we transition from the present model of two RNs, a paramedic and an oversight physician at the All Saints (Springhill) CEC to a model that will see a team of two RNs working directly with the medical oversight physician to provide overnight coverage.”

With nurses making up over 35 per cent of its staff, the Cumberland Health Authority is proud to have registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses working throughout the organization in administrative, community-based and hospital-based roles. Nurses work in all of the CHA’s health care facilities as well as with Primary Health Care, Public Health, Continuing Care, Mental Health Services and in administrative leadership roles.

For more information on Nursing Week 2013, go online to the Nova Scotia Nurses Union at www.nsnu.ca or the Canadian Nurses Association at www.cna-aiic.ca



Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority, Primary Health Care, Mental Health Services Nova Scotia Nurses Union

Geographic location: Cumberland County, All Saints

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