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Nursing Week wraps up with call to government to increase paid sick days and boost minimum wage

To all Ontario’s registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students who are working tirelessly and selflessly during this COVID-19 pandemic, RNAO thanks each of you for keeping people healthy and caring for them when they are sick or dying. Your work in all sectors and roles shines and makes us proud. 

To see our Nursing Week thank you message, please go online

This year, RNAO celebrated Nursing Week virtually with several events that recognized the expertise and excellence that RNs, NPs and nursing students bring to patients, families and communities across Ontario and beyond. 

RNAO launched its annual Take Your MPP To Work LIVE where political leaders spoke with members to better understand the depth of nursing practice challenges while caring for patients and communities throughout the pandemic. RNAO also hosted its ongoing COVID-19 Webinar series and Continuing the Conversation: An Open Forum for Nurses to pay tribute to the roles nurses have played during the pandemic and initiatives to be undertaken to retain RNs and NPs in the profession, respectively. In addition, RNAO along with the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario hosted the Nursing Now Ontario Awards

The awards celebrate the contribution of nurses who improve health outcomes of Ontarians and who contribute to nursing practice. This year, we recognized Aric Rankin, an NP for the De dwa da dehs nye> Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton; Mahoganie Hines, an RN and pain and symptom management consultant in the Region of Niagara and Sheri Bruder, an RPN at Brantford General Hospital’s centralized resource department.   

To wrap up Nursing Week, RNAO also renewed its call for action to the Ontario government to increase the number of paid sick days for workers who do not have access to this employee benefit and boost the province’s minimum wage. Many workers take risks on a daily basis travelling to their jobs. Many work without sick time benefits – including part-time, casual and agency nurses. RNAO is calling for 10 paid sick days on a permanent basis as well as taking steps to increase the minimum wage, currently $14.25, which is, in effect a poverty wage. To learn more, please read our media release
 

Last Updated: 
2021-06-04