Celebrating Nursing: For the Health of Our Community

May. 20, 2011

The week of May 9-13 marks International Nursing Week, an opportunity to celebrate nurses around the world for their provision of outstanding patient-centered care and dedication to advancing the health system. This year’s theme Nursing: For the Health of Our Community! reflects the immense value of Canada’s largest group of health-care providers.

Nurses at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London are celebrating nursing week with a gala where over 400 nurses will gather together to honour nursing practice in London.

Media are invited to attend the Nursing Week Gala, planned by staff members from St. Joseph’s, London Health Sciences Centre, Western’s Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Fanshawe College School of Nursing and the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The exciting evening includes:

6:00 p.m. Opening remarks
- Greetings from the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long- Term Care and MPP for London North Centre;
- David McNeil, President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

8:00 p.m. ‘Live well, laugh lots’ with keynote speaker and humourist Susan Stewart;

9:15 p.m. RNAO Nursing Excellence Awards and the inaugural Fayez Spa awards for Excellence in Nursing Practice and Peer Recognition

DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2011
LOCATION: Hellenic Community Centre, 133 Southdale Rd. West

Members of the media who plan to attend, please contact either Bärbel Hatje or Anne Kay.

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Media Contacts:

Bärbel Hatje
Communications Consultant
London Health Sciences Centre
519 685-8500 ext. 75947
Pager 15947

Anne Kay
Communication Consultant
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519 685-4000 ext. 42470
Pager 519 649-9238

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