Happy National Nursing Week
First, happy nursing week on behalf of the Association. It is our pleasure to recognize the amazing work nurses do in all areas, programs and places throughout the province. While National Nursing Week is a wonderful opportunity to bring attention to the work you do, we realize how important it is to recognize and support this work and each other every day of the year. That is what the Association is for – nurses supporting nurses.
Now is an especially important time for us to join together. There are many changes happening in healthcare in the province and we all anticipate more to come. While announcements have been made, plans are still being developed and have yet to roll out. This leaves us with the certainty of change and the uncertainty of the impact. Uncertainty can foster worry, stress and even tension among colleagues. It is not an easy time, which makes it especially important to support each other in pursuing excellence in our practice.
Registered nurses lead from where we land. Right now, we have the opportunity to step up and help lead through this change. As the largest group of healthcare workers in the province, we have a great deal to offer. We are leaders and solution makers, whether we work on the ward, in the community, or at the top of a health care organization. Individually, we can lead with kindness and commitment being supportive of colleagues and fostering positive environments, sharing facts and not rumours, and finding constructive solutions. Collectively, in our workplaces and through the Association, we can bring solutions forward and be a partner in the change.
Our expertise and knowledge is essential to innovation in health care service delivery and we need to bring our ideas and positive energy to ensure effective change and guarantee safe patient care. The Association is looking forward to meeting with government later this month and will continue to advocate for registered nurses to be part of the conversation and solution.
As humans, we tend to be adverse to change. It takes strength and resilience to not only make it through, but to thrive and grow. We see these capabilities every day in the members of the Association. Together, we can make the best of where we are right now and ensure a strong and healthy future for both our profession and the people living in Manitoba.
In the next few months, the Association will roll out programming and professional development opportunities to support members in taking excellent care of their patients, colleagues and themselves as registered nurses and nurse practitioners leading through this change.
What is one small thing you have the power and autonomy to own that will help foster a positive environment? Choosing to do one positive thing can have a rippling effect on the whole. Together, we can lift nursing up. Collectively, we are stronger.
The theme #YESThisIsNursing for nursing week this year is well suited as we deal with change and work to recognize all that nurses do. Use the hashtag #YESthisisnursing, if you are posting anything on social media during the week that highlights our profession. Also, take a picture with our As an RN... printable to showcase what you do as an RN or what being an RN means to you and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it on our social media.
Margaret Rauliuk BScN, MN, RN, NP