It’s an honour to take a moment to show our appreciation for the thousands of front line members of the health care nursing team. While a whole team of professionals contribute to our health and well-being, during this week we recognize the nursing team.

It’s because of the incredible skill and professionalism of these members of the health care team that our loved ones recover from illness or injury; or simply find ease.

However, it is also due to the compassion and knowledge of the nursing team members, that we are able to navigate the complexities of health care, or community-based organizations.

This is especially impressive in light of the overwhelming odds faced with short-staffing and crushing workloads; the result is higher rates of injury and illness that impact the ability to provide safe, skilled, quality care for you and your loved ones.

We encourage you to show your appreciation for their work through an act of kindness or a simple ‘thank you’.

Whether it’s a Continuing Care Assistant; a Licensed Practical Nurse; a Personal Support Worker; or a Direct Care Worker… in our communities, hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, or retirement homes, these valuable members of our team contribute to our health and well-being.

They are our everyday heroes.

SEIU-West annually requests the provincial government to designate CCA day (May 12) and LPN day (on May 13).

The SEIU-West Nursing Care committee contributes to the celebration of National Nursing week by providing resources to workplaces across the province – praise for the efforts of nursing teams can take many forms, treats at a coffee break, winning prizes or merchandise.

SEIU-West applauds every member of the nursing team for their support and collaboration – we are stronger together, and safer together!

Please join us in showing your support and appreciation for all members of the nursing team during National Nursing Week May 6-12.

This editorial piece is appearing in the May 8, 2019 issue of the Moose Jaw Express, and the Saskatchewan edition of the Prairie Post on Friday May 11, 2019.

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