Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Health for All

National Nursing Week is a great opportunity to recognize the leadership role of all regulated nurses in Canada

Ottawa, May 6, 2019 – Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) president Claire Betker issued a statement today to celebrate National Nursing Week, May 6-12:

“I have been a registered nurse in Manitoba for over 40 years. I have worked in communities to promote the health of individuals and families and, most recently, have focused on how nursing leadership can advance health equity in Canada. I believe all nurses are leaders and it is through our collective voice and action that we will make a difference in the health system and the lives of Canadians!

“National Nursing Week is a great opportunity to recognize the leadership role of all regulated nurses in Canada. This year’s theme, established by the International Council of Nurses (ICN), is Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Health for All. The theme reflects the fact that every individual nurse has a story that has the potential to improve the health-care system. It highlights how nurses have a profound impact on our communities by improving health outcomes and ensuring all Canadians receive appropriate care.

“I encourage the public, governments, organizations and nurses to take a moment this week to celebrate all nurses and the profession of nursing — a profession that truly contributes to positive outcomes for patients, clients, families and communities.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 140,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Eve Johnston
Media and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159, ext. 114
Cell: 613-237-3520

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