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May 13 has been designated licensed practical nurse (LPN) Day as part of Nursing Week activities kicked off May 8.

Across British Columbia, LPNs will be hosting information tables and talking to their colleagues about recent gains made during 2006 contract negotiations.

“Significant advancements made at the bargaining table and during senior policy discussions early this spring have put LPNs on a new footing,” said Judy Darcy, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), CUPE’s B.C. health care division.

“New training and educational opportunities, input into shift scheduling, inclusion on professional practice councils, and new avenues of influence with senior health officials are some of the things we are celebrating during nursing week,” she said.

Darcy saluted LPNs for caring for British Columbians. “LPNs have an increasingly critical role in delivering quality, bedside care. Despite the many challenges they face on the job, a result of insufficient resources and under-staffing, these nurses continue to show how important they are to meeting the health needs of patients and residents across the province.”