On Nurses Week, 2020, it’s important to thank all health care workers for their essential contribution to fighting the global coronavirus pandemic.
Nurses Week falls every year in the week that includes May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the British nurse who rose to prominence during the Crimean War (1853-1856). “The Lady with the Lamp, tending to wounded soldiers, became an icon of Victorian culture, and is credited with being the inventor of the modern nursing profession.
Traditionally, United Nurses of Alberta has used Nurses Week to celebrate the contribution to health care made by Alberta’s nurses and to thank them for the vital work they do every hour of every day for Albertans.
This year, in the face of a dangerous global pandemic, UNA is saying thank you to every worker in health care and to all workers providing services to or for vulnerable Albertans. Thank you to all Albertans who have stayed home and those who have continued to work so that we can continue to work.
As UNA President Heather Smith noted in our Nurses Week radio advertisement, the United Nations has declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife — “2020 was meant to be a global celebration of nursing, but celebrations must wait as health care workers deal with COVID-19.”
In good times and bad, Alberta’s nurses are at your side and on your side.