Your work matters

It’s national nursing week in Canada – a time to admire and recognize nurses and the work we do.

When I think about my recent hospital experience that brought my little boy into the world, I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a nurse. I felt heard, respected, empowered and supported because of the hundreds of little things my nurses said and did. Warm blankets, fresh water without asking, and expressing concern for my well-being – it mattered a lot.

It’s the little things, the small decisions we make, that make a huge difference for people.

It’s the little things we do that set us apart from other professions and make us successful.

It matters when we dare to speak up, when we notice problems, when we do things we’re not asked to do, and when we choose to practice our values and maintain boundaries.

The people we care for care about these things. They care that we notice, listen and seek to understand them.

We are at the heart of health care and play an important role in people’s lives. We have an enormous opportunity to lead and make a big difference by making small decisions that matter.

Thanks for your work, for showing up when it’s hard and giving people the kind of care they deserve.

We need you.