This week is National Nursing Week. The theme this year is “We Answer the Call” which is apropos given we continue to stand strong through six waves of this pandemic.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation and recognize the incredible stamina of our nurses, who keep facing challenge after challenge during this pandemic. Even in this time of fatigue and burnout, our nurses continue to not only show up for their shifts, but accept additional shifts and give their best each and every time. Our nurses have worked short at times, adapted care outside our traditional model, and have helped clients and families navigate the fear and restrictions of Covid. They have done so with compassion, grace, and humility. I know our nurses sacrificed time with family to care for our clients and support their colleagues.
We have done remarkably well during this pandemic, and we could not have done it without them.
No one would have thought we’d still be battling the pressures brought about by Covid in 2022, yet here we are. Our nurses have risen to the challenge and demonstrated their strength, knowledge, and courage in the face of unprecedented stress. For that, I am thankful to each and every one of our nurses, who continue to nurse through the crises.
Let us take this week to celebrate nurses and the essential role they play in here at The Royal and in our health care system.
Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President of Patient Care Services and Professional Practice