Celebrating all Nurses for National Nurses Week, May 10-16 2021

Happy National Nurses Week- May 10-16, 2021

#WeAnswerTheCall

At Métis Nation British Columbia, we acknowledge the skill and commitment of all front-line healthcare workers during this unprecedented time. We deeply respect your ongoing bravery and support of the public while putting yourselves at risk every day. Just know that you’re making a world of difference in the lives of all Canadians.

This year, National Nursing Week is celebrated from May 10 to 16, with National Indigenous Nurse’s Day falling on May 10. Fittingly, this year’s theme is, “we answer the call.”

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

“As we continue to navigate through these COVID-19 times, we want to take a moment to recognize National Nurses Week from May 10 to 16. To the many dedicated staff and front-line workers, we thank you for being on the front lines and for your service to our communities,” said Paulette Flamond, Minister of Health at MNBC.

MNBC also acknowledged Mental Health Week, May 3 to May 9. We recognize that nurses and other allied health professionals face an increased risk of experiencing mental health concerns, particularly those related to high-stress environments. The health care profession is a highly demanding field, and many font line workers are routinely exposed to trauma, violence and human suffering daily. We encourage 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; whatever works best for you. This will allow you to refresh yourself while avoiding burnout and other short or long-term effects of being a caregiver.

Below are some additional resources:

https://theworkingmind.ca/crisis-response-virtual-training

https://careforcaregivers.ca/

https://www.mnbc.ca/news-events

https://www.bcnu.org/

https://indigenousnurses.ca/

If you or someone you know is in a crisis and needs support, please reach out to the 24/7 days a week Métis Crisis line at 1-833- Métis-BC (1-833-638-4722).