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National Nursing Week


Monday, May 10, to Sunday, May 16, 2021

International Nurses Day May 12, 2021

The Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba (Association) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) will use the theme #WeAnswerTheCall. The theme was developed by CNA to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient's healthcare journey. The pandemic brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses display every day and showcased the important role that they play in our community. 

Recognizing International Nurses Day (May 12) and National Nursing Week in Canada (May 10-16) is extremely significant in 2021 as nurses have been playing a critical role in Canada’s fight against COVID-19.

Share your photos: We want to celebrate you for Nursing Week

Nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges, which is more evident than ever before. To demonstrate this, we want photos of you or you and your colleagues. We also want quotes to share on social media about how the nursing profession can transform the next stage of healthcare.

When you send in your photo or quote you're automatically entered to win a $50 gift card of your choice.

Send photos and quotes or by tagging us on Facebook @ARNMNurses and /or Twitter @ARNMNurses.

Ideas for spreading the word and celebrating

  • Download a National Nursing Week poster and display it at your workplace
  • Download the A Voice to Lead poster, fill it out with how you use your voice to lead and take a photo to share on Social Media
  • On social media, tell others about the diversity of your role and your nursing story using #voicetolead, #IND2020 and #NationalNursingWeek
  • Follow the the Association on Facebook, and Twitter
  • Be personal: write thank-you notes as a sign of your appreciation for all that your nursing staff does for patients daily. Such gestures have become increasingly rare, so this simple act of recognition can make a profound difference in employee morale

About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession's accomplishments as a discipline.

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