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NL Nursing Regulators Acknowledge National Nursing Week 2019

St. John’s, NL – May 6, 2019 – The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) and the College of Licenced Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL) are pleased to recognize National Nursing Week 2019. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) across our province and recognize the immense role they play in our lives.

This year’s theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All reflects the fact that “every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve their highest attainable standard of health. From these insights comes the power for change.” 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.”

“As President of ARNNL, I would like to take this opportunity to personally acknowledge our nurses and encourage each of you to never downplay the impact that your profession has on our society. Never doubt the impact you, (as Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners) will have in the lives of others and never stop striving for excellence each day. I am proud to acknowledge your dedication to the profession and your many achievements.”

-Elaine Warren, President, ARNNL

“Licensed Practical Nurses play an important role in providing quality care to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. LPNs are integral to properly-functioning health care teams in traditional settings such as hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as in less-traditional settings such as communities, schools, and private industry. Every day, LPNs demonstrate a steadfast commitment to their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and provide safe, effective, compassionate, and ethical care to members of the public.”

-Wanda Wadman, Chief Executive Officer/Registrar, CLPNNL

Throughout the week, nurses and employers will recognize and showcase nursing professionals. CLPNNL and ARNNL also encourage the public to become involved by acknowledging nurses for the positive impact they make to health care.

About National Nursing Week

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses designated May 12 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – as International Nurses Day. In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the Canadian Minister of Health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. The name changed to National Nursing Week in 1993 to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline. The purpose of National Nursing Week is to increase awareness among the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions nurses make to the well-being of Canadians. National Nursing Week is lead by the Canadian Nurses Association. To find out more about the initiative and view supporting materials click here *page not found*.


The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) is the regulatory body for all Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in the province. ARNNL advances nursing excellence for public protection and optimal health of the Newfoundland and Labrador population. ARNNL exists so that there will be: Public Confidence in Self-Regulation; Accountable Professionals; and Evolution of the Profession. To learn more, please visit or follow us on Twitter @arnnlca.


CLPNNL is the regulatory body for the 2300 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in Newfoundland and Labrador. CLPNNL’s mission is to protect the public by actively promoting safe, competent, and ethical nursing care. To learn more, please visit or follow us on Facebook CollegeLPNNL 


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Wanda Wadman
Chief Executive Officer/Registrar

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