Nurses on the go. National Nursing Week is May 8-14.

National Nursing Week: A message from Barb Lawrie

This year from May 8-14 we celebrate National Nursing Week.  Every day we celebrate the wonderful care that VCH nurses provide to our clients, but on this week we take the special

Barb Lawrie

opportunity to come together to celebrate!

The theme for this year is #YESThisisNursing. The theme resonates with much of the work we are engaged in across Vancouver Coastal Health this year as we look at utilization of new technologies to support care and optimize practice across the care continuum. Nursing continues to evolve to support the expanding traditional and non-traditional roles we require to support care in our programs and services.

You can also find out more about National Nursing Week on the Canadian Nursing Association website

Making an impact

Across VCH nurses are making immense contributions to the health and well-being of our clients, residents and patients and the health care system as a whole.  Every day, nurses are impacting clients across their span of life and experiences, in diverse practice settings. From providing remote urgent care to in-home palliative care, vaccination and screening for children, critical care for trauma patients, harm reduction and prevention of overdose, and maternity care – VCH nurses are with clients through their life experiences and providing excellent professional care!

Join us to celebrate

On behalf of Professional Practice and Vancouver Coastal Health, I wholeheartedly thank you for your commitment and daily dedication to our profession.  To acknowledge and celebrate National Nursing Week, we have organized a number of events. For information on these events, visit Professional Practice’s nursing site on VCH Connect.

Download the Nursing Week events schedule



Barb Lawrie
Vice President, Professional Practice and Chief Clinical Information Officer 






  1. Kathy says:

    Thank you nurses for all your hard work! All of us in the healthcare system are doing more with less and still delivering top quality care.

    I would like to mention that April 16-22 was National Medical Laboratory Week but I can’t find mention of it in VCH News. I work in the lab at VGH and we are there 24/7 to provide lab test results that nurses and doctors use to care for their patients.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Kathy, thanks for helping recognize nurses at VCH. Much of the content you see in VCH News is submitted content. We do publish articles related to other professional recognition weeks when we receive them, and we do receive some. There tends to be more activity around Nursing Week I think because nurses form the largest group of employees overall. I hope you don’t feel that this detracts from the importance of medical lab services and all the other vital professions and services at VCH. Thanks for reading!

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