National Nursing Week 2020

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Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) acknowledges the skill and commitment of all front-line health care workers during this unprecedented time. We deeply respect your ongoing bravery and support of the public while putting yourselves at risk every day, making a difference in the lives of all Canadians.

National Nursing Week this year is celebrated May 11 through to the 17th to honour nurses on those front lines.  Nurses' week always occurs from the “Monday to the Sunday” of Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 12. Fittingly, in honour of the 200th anniversary of her birth, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Nurses are essential workers providing 24 hours a day, 7 day a week care to our family and friends across the province. MNBC celebrates all nurses during this week by drawing awareness to the skills, knowledge, hard work and dedication they provide to all, especially during these trying times.  

The health care profession is a highly demanding field. Many front line workers are routinely exposed to trauma, violence and human suffering daily. MNBC encourages all front line workers to take extra care of themselves, whether going for a daily walk, virtual contact with family or friends or having a sleep in day. Taking time out for personal care will allow you to refresh yourself while avoiding burnout, and other short or long term effects of being a caregiver.  

All Health Authorities are currently offering free supports to their staff. MNBC encourages you to reach out to your local Supervisor or Manager to find out what resources are available to you.  

Below are some additional resources that we’ve included: 

“The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed two free crises response training programs for essential workers” https://theworkingmind.ca/crisis-response-virtual-training

https://careforcaregivers.ca/
https://cmha.bc.ca/news/mental-health-resource-frontline-workers/
https://www.mnbc.ca/news-events
https://www.bcnu.org/
https://indigenousnurses.ca/ 

***CRISIS SUPPORT*** please call the Métis Crisis Line 1-833-METIS-BC (1-833-638-4722) if you or someone you know are in crisis. This line is manned 24hr a day and 7 days a week. In collaboration with KUU-US Crisis Services, the Metis Crisis Line is a place where you can talk, trust and feel safe! 

For more information on National Nurses Week, please feel free to email Katina Pollard, Northern Regional Health Coordinator, at kpollard@mnbc.ca.