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Happy International Nurses Day

(Originally posted on May 12, 2020) It is International Nurses Day, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale today. The theme for this year is Nursing the World to Health.

WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society supports nurses, midwives, and all frontline essential workers around the world by celebrating their bravery, courage, kindness, dedication and suffering personal sacrifice to provide essential care services, especially during this COVID-19 time, when the world is standing up for the anti-coroner war.

WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society supports the millions and billions of frontline essential workers and volunteers during this special pandemic time. The doctors, nurses and other health and health services; law enforcement, public safety, first responders and emergency response personnel; vulnerable population service providers; critical infrastructure; food and agriculture service providers; retail; transportation; industry and manufacturing; sanitation; communications and information technology; financial institutions; and other non-health essential service providers, they have been risking their lives to protect us, they keep the world beautiful, they all are our heroes, heartfelt wishes to all of them! ❤️

To mark International Nurses’ Day today The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra joined together to pay tribute to the world’s nurses.

The World Health Organization (WHO) joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and thank nurses for what they do.

Historically, as well as today, nurses together with other health workers are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics - providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. Luckily now more than ever, many governments around the world support and invest in their nurses and other health workers.

Premier’s statement on International Nurses Day

Premier John Horgan has released the following statement in recognition of International Nurses Day:

“Today is International Nurses Day, and in appreciation of B.C. nurses, the Province is proud to proclaim May 11 – 17 as Nursing Week to recognize the extraordinary contributions of licensed practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

“This year, British Columbians join people from around the world in raising our hands to the nurses working tirelessly to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has reminded us all of the selflessness, dedication and leadership it takes to be a nurse.

“May 12th also marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. As a nurse, she helped lay the foundation for safe, sanitary medical practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, and continues to inspire those who follow in her footsteps to help ease people’s pain and suffering through compassionate care. Nightingale was famously quoted as saying, ‘How very little can be done under the spirit of fear,’ and I think these words can inspire us all to act with courage and determination during the COVID-19 crisis.

“On behalf of British Columbians, thank you to B.C.’s nurses for moving heaven and earth to help people with COVID-19 and all the other medical needs that don’t stop during a pandemic. We recognize that you are being pushed to the limit, which is why we must all keep doing our part to protect and support B.C.’s front line workers and our health care system.

“Like so many British Columbians, I have been standing on my front porch every evening to bang pots and pans in your honour. I continue to feel sincere gratitude each time. Thank you for everything you do.”

(In French)

Déclaration du premier ministre à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des infirmières

VICTORIA – Le premier ministre John Horgan a fait la déclaration suivante à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des infirmières.

« Aujourd’hui, nous soulignons la Journée internationale des infirmières et, en guise de remerciement aux infirmières de la Colombie-Britannique, la province est fière de proclamer la Semaine des soins infirmiers du 11 au 17 mai en reconnaissance des contributions extraordinaires des infirmières auxiliaires, des infirmiers psychiatriques autorisés, des infirmières autorisées et des infirmiers praticiens.

Cette année, les Britanno-Colombiennes et les Britanno-Colombiens s’unissent à des gens de partout dans le monde pour saluer les infirmières et les infirmiers qui travaillent sans relâche pour aider les personnes dans le besoin pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. La COVID-19 nous rappelle tous à quel point il faut faire preuve de désintéressement, de dévouement et de leadership pour œuvrer en soins infirmiers.

Le 12 mai marque également le 200e anniversaire de naissance de Florence Nightingale. Infirmière, elle a contribué à jeter les bases des pratiques médicales hygiéniques et sans risques aux 19e et 20e siècles, et elle continue d’inspirer les gens qui suivent ses traces et qui soulagent la douleur et la souffrance en prodiguant des soins avec compassion. Florence Nightingale est célèbre pour avoir déjà dit « qu’il ne peut se faire grand-chose sous l’emprise de la peur », et je crois que ces mots peuvent tous nous inspirer pour faire preuve de courage et de détermination durant la crise de COVID-19.

Au nom de la population britanno-colombienne, merci aux infirmières et aux infirmiers de la province qui remuent ciel et terre pour aider les gens aux prises avec la COVID-19 et pour combler tous les autres besoins en matière de santé qui perdurent en situation de pandémie. Nous savons que vous êtes poussés à la limite et que nous devons donc tous continuer de faire notre part pour protéger et soutenir le personnel de première ligne de la province et notre système de santé.

Comme tant de Britanno-Colombiennes et de Britanno-Colombiens, chaque soir, je me poste sur mon perron pour frapper sur des casseroles en votre honneur. Je suis sincèrement reconnaissant chaque fois. Merci pour tout ce que vous faites. »

(In Chinese)


卑诗省府专栏】卑诗省省長賀謹(John Horgan)發表以下聲明,以於國際護士日(International Nurses Day)作出表揚:

「今天是國際護士日,為了感謝卑詩省的護士,本省很榮幸地宣布將5月11日至17日定為護士周(Nursing Week),以表彰持牌執業護士(LPN)、註冊精神科護士(RN)、註冊護士(RN)和執業護理師(NP)的非凡貢獻。


「5月12日也是佛羅倫斯-南丁格爾(Florence Nightingale)誕辰200週年。作為一名護士,她在19及20世紀幫助奠定了安全及衛生的醫療執業基礎,並繼續激勵那些追隨她腳步的人,透過富同情心的護理來幫助緩解病人所受的痛苦和折磨。正如南丁格爾曾說過的名言:『在恐懼的精神狀態下,所能做的何其少』,激勵我們於新冠肺炎危機中要勇敢而堅定地作出行動。



Local Health Authorities in BC

Fraser Health Fraser Health Corporate Office Suite 400, Central City Tower 13450 102nd Ave. Surrey, BC  V3T 0H1 Phone: 1 877 935-5669 (toll-free), 604 587-4600 (local) Fax: 604 587-4666 Board Chair: James Hunter Sinclair  President and CEO: Dr. Victoria Lee

Interior Health Interior Health Corporate Office 505 Doyle Avenue Kelowna, BC  V1Y 0C5 Phone: 250 469-7070 Fax:  250 469-7068 Email: Board Chair: David Douglas Cochrane President and CEO: Susan Brown

Island Health Island Health Corporate Office 1952 Bay St. Victoria, BC V8R 1J8 Phone: 250 370-8699 Fax: 250 370-8750 Email: Board Chair: Leah Ann Hollins President and CEO: Kathy MacNeil

Northern Health Northern Health Corporate Office #600, 299 Victoria St. Prince George, BC  V2L 5B8 Phone: 250 565-2649 Fax: 250 565-2640 Email: Board Chair: Colleen V. Nyce President and CEO: Cathy Ulrich

Vancouver Coastal Health Vancouver Coastal Health Corporate Office 11th Floor 601 West Broadway Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4C2 Phone: 1 866 884-0888 (toll-free), 604 736-2033 (local) Fax: 604 875-4750 Email: Board Chair: Penny Ballem President and CEO: Mary Ackenhusen


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