Posted on May 10, 2017

Member's Statement: Nurses Week

Nurses Week

Ms Babcock: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to focus on something really positive for two minutes in this House today. I rise with pride to give recognition to a profession which at one time or another and often at multiple times in our lives touches us, makes us safer, heals us when we are hurt, and points us toward a healthier future. I’m talking about nurses, Mr. Speaker, and the many roles that nurses play in our health care system. This week is Nurses Week in Alberta and in Canada, and I’d like every member of this House to think for a moment about a time in their lives when they or someone they care about was helped by a nurse.

I am incredibly proud to be a nurse. I have seen nurses cry when new life is brought into this world, and I have seen them cry when we’ve lost someone before their time. I have seen and been the one to hold the hand of someone as they pass from this life. Nurses wipe tears and blood, comfort and strengthen, care and advocate for every patient they serve. I have seen nurses leave their families on holidays, birthdays, work double shifts, and work on their feet for hours to care for my family and yours. And nurses are honoured to have the privilege of serving every single one of those patients.

Really, nurses are involved in almost every important moment in our lives, both tragic and happy. Nurses are there when we need them, 24 hours a day, whether in emergency rooms, where they are the first people we see, or with services like Health Link, where they are only a phone call away.

The theme for this Nurses Week is #Yes This Is Nursing, and I think the very brief description of everything nurses do that I’ve given above really shows what kind of impact nurses have on everyone’s lives. We are fortunate to live in a country and in a province where health care is valued.

I would ask all members of this Assembly to think about the role nurses have played in their lives and, the next time they are engaged with a member of that profession, to just thank them.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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