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May 6 to 12 is National Nursing Week 2013. CUPE National President Paul Moist and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury wish a happy Nursing Week to all of CUPE’s nursing team.

In a letter sent to CUPE locals, Moist and Fleury articulated the challenging and vital work that nurses and nursing team workers perform every day to provide the health and long-term care relied on by millions of Canadians.

Nursing Week is a time for us to recognize nurses and other patient care staff, including our practical nurses, registered nurses, personal support workers, continuing care attendants, care aides and other members who make up the nursing team,” said Moist. “On behalf of CUPE, we thank you for your tremendous work.”

Across the country, CUPE is planning events to celebrate nursing team members’ dedication and excellent work. We are also fighting for a new federal-provincial health accord that would allow nurses and other team members to provide the care Canadians need,” he added.

CUPE nursing team members work under difficult circumstances to care for patients in homes, community agencies and health care facilities across the country. Conditions are deteriorating as provinces cut and privatize services, and federal funding cuts loom with the health accord expiring next year,” said Fleury.   

CUPE has launched a national campaign to protect, strengthen and expand Medicare – and nursing team members are an important part of this fight.