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May 7, 2007

National Nursing Week: Take a Closer Look at Nursing in Our Community

May 7 to 13, 2007 is National Nursing Week. This year's theme is "Think You Know Nursing? Take a Closer Look." Within the Winnipeg Health Region, nurses work in a variety of different roles and areas. From the bedside to behind-the-scenes, nurses are making important contributions to the health of our region everyday. If examined more closely, most people would be surprised at the diverse roles nurses carry.

We acknowledge the special contributions they make to the health and well being of our community.

Nursing Fast Facts

- There are over 7,000 nurses employed in the Winnipeg health region.

- Three different types of nurses work in the region: registered nurses (RN's), registered psychiatric nurses (RPN's) and licensed practical nurses (LPN's). This includes:

  • 6,675 RN's working in over 20 different programs.
  • 970 LPN's working in over 10 different programs.
  • 161 RPN's working in eight different programs.

- There are a variety of programs that employ nurses, including emergency, rehab and geriatrics, primary care, mental health and critical care.

- Many RN's in Manitoba have a degree as their initial education.

- Manitoba has 32 RN's on the extended practice register.

  • An RN (EP) has completed advanced education (or has substantially equivalent education and experience), and has passed an approved examination demonstrating extended practice competencies.

- National Nursing Week is celebrated around the world in conjunction with Florence Nightingale's birthday (May 12).

  • Florence Nightingale is considered the pioneer of modern nursing.

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