National Nursing Week 2022
9 May 2022
This week is National Nursing Week, a week that aims to spotlight nurses, and increase awareness of the many contributions of the nursing workforce to the health and well-being of Canadians. Developed by the Canadian Nurses Association, this year’s focus showcases the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health care journey.
Public Health Nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic
We have long been aware of the dedication and hard work of the nursing workforce in Ontario, and across Canada. And while their efforts have always been greatly appreciated and admired, for many it was the COVID-19 pandemic that brought to the forefront the courage and commitment that nurses display every day, and highlighted how critical their role is in the health and well-being of the community.
Making up the primary workforce in public health units across Ontario, public health nurses (PHNs) are leaders in the system – advocating for positive change in population health by educating individuals and communities, and by delivering care within them. PHNs also focus on the prevention and control of illness in communities and have played a significant role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work in case and contact tracing was critical in the management and prevention of further spread of the virus within communities and allowed for the collection of critical case information that helped us understand the virus, who it impacts, it’s severity and which preventative measures work. PHNs worked around the clock in assessment centres and the many immunization centres across the province ensuring individuals in the community had access to the necessary testing, information, and vaccination options available.
Public Health Ontario (PHO) is proud to recognize all nurses for the quality of care they provide to each and every patient. The nursing workforce makes Ontario a healthier place.