Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Celebrates National Nursing Week – May 12-18, 2014

Chatham-Kent: May 12, 2014 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is celebrating National Nursing Week to recognize the contributions that local nurses make as part of the interprofessional team providing exceptional care for Chatham-Kent patients and their families. This year, CKHA will celebrate 409 Registered Nurses (RN), 183 Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) and 9 Nurse Practitioners (NP). 

The National Nursing Week Theme “Nursing: A Leading Force for Change” celebrates nurses and their dedication to improving patient care. CKHA encourages its staff to find innovative solutions for providing positive outcomes for patients and their families. Over the past year, CKHA’s nursing staff made enormous contributions to improving the quality and safety of care delivered to patients at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s campuses in Wallaceburg and Chatham. 

CKHA is especially proud of the nurses who have engaged in and/or completed advanced education this year. This includes RPN’s who are attending Centennial College/Ryerson University Program leading to a BScN degree. We also recognize RN’s who have returned to school to obtain a BScN, and those nurses who are in the process of completing a Masters Degree or their Nurse Practitioner designation. We congratulate all nurses and staff who through returning to formal education or by participation/attendance at local, provincial, national and international conferences, demonstrate daily their commitment to safe quality patient care. 

During National Nursing Week, CKHA has various events planned to recognize nurses as well as awarding its seventh annual, “Compassionate Caregiver Award”. This award recognizes an individual caregiver or group who have demonstrated their commitment to providing compassionate care to patients they serve.

“At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, we are proud of all of our nurses and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the important work they do every day. They tirelessly provide care, compassion and strength to all of our patients. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. Their commitment, dedication, compassion and leadership do not go unnoticed; we are privileged to have some of the best healthcare providers in the country. They are dedicated to their work, and they champion and promote the health of our community. Thank you to all the nurses at CKHA who help create a caring, safe environment for our patients, their families and visitors,” commented Willi Kirenko, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. 

In 1985, the second week of May was proclaimed as National Nursing Week in Canada to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s Birthday on May 12th. The International Council of Nurses have also designated May 12th as International Nurses Day. Florence was born in 1820 and continues to carry influence into modern nursing practice. She is best known for her work during the Crimean War where she pioneered the profession of nursing, but we hold her as an example to modern nursing in the numerous achievements that she made. CKHA continues to celebrate and support nurses and their dedication to improving patient care. 

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For more information contact: 
Willi Kirenko, Interim Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive 
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 
519-352-6400 ext. 6028

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