Celebrating National Nurses Week

This week, as part of National Nursing Week, Bria Communities sends out a huge cheer of celebrate for our dedicated team of nurses and care staff at The Waterford and Magnolia Gardens Care Centres.

These team members invest their lives in the health and well being of our BriaCare™ residents, and faithfully meet the needs of seniors who depend on them to provide deeply personal care in a sensitive and dignified manner.

National Nursing Week (May 6-12) incorporates a celebration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. Florence was born in 1820 in the United Kingdom to a wealthy family. As a young woman she resisted norms associated with her upper-class society in favour of ministering to the sick and dying. A pioneer in her field, she was asked by the British government to assemble a corp of nurses to travel to Crimea and care for fallen and wounded soldiers fighting in the Crimean War.

You may know her as “The Lady of the Lamp”, a title she earned as she made late-night rounds organizing the care and treatment of the soldiers. For her efforts she was recognized by Queen Victoria with an engraved brooch that became known as ‘The Nightingale Jewel”, and a $250,000 prize. She used the money to establish the St. Thomas’ Hospital, and within it, the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. As a British social reformer and statistician, became known as the founder of modern nursing.

Every year the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme to celebrate Nurses Week, this year it is: Nurses: A Voice to Lead—Health for All. Just like Florence Nightingale, every nurse has a story, and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve the highest attainable standard of health. “Health for All” means not just the availability of health services, but a complete state of physical and mental health that enables a person to lead a socially and economically productive life.

The roles of nurse and care staff are ones that require the ability to connect with others professionally and intimately; to anticipate and respond to needs the person may not even know they have, and to be part of a team of caregivers who have the power to make a positive impact on many people. We are thankful for our ladies and men ‘of the lamp’ who respond with care beyond what is expected to our residents’ needs night and day.

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