“The stamina and endurance of nurses, wherever they may work, pandemic or no pandemic is truly remarkable,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“Even as we come out of the pandemic, many nurses are working well beyond a 40-hour week, and they are exhausted. We thank each and every one for their commitment. I recognize that many nurses have been clear - they need better pay, more nurses on their shifts and sufficient time with family for this work to be sustainable.” Mayor Peckford added.
Nursing Week also marks the contributions of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and whose birthday was May 12.
Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan who has been a registered nurse for over 40 years also noted that, “nurses continue to care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
“Nurses have also worked extra shifts as many of their colleagues have been impacted by COVID themselves,” added Councillor O’Sullivan.
Nursing is one of those professions that has touched the lives of everyone.
In the Municipality of North Grenville, not only is Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan a registered nurse, Councillor Kristin Strackerjan’s late mother was also a registered nurse – both of whom graduated from the Civic Hospital School of Nursing just a year apart. Additionally, Eunice Dyke, the great Aunt of the Municipality’s CAO Gary Dyke, was a pioneer in Public Health in Ontario.
Council encourages North Grenville residents to take a moment this week to recognize all the hard-working nurses in our community.
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