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It's Nursing Week in Fort St. John

Fort St. John city council has proclaimed May 11 to 17 as Nursing Week. “Considering the yeoman’s work that they are doing for us right now, I think it’s important to acknowledge this,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.
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Fort St. John city council has proclaimed May 11 to 17 as Nursing Week.

“Considering the yeoman’s work that they are doing for us right now, I think it’s important to acknowledge this,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Also, it’s important to acknowledge all healthcare workers in our community.”

The city has tied blue ribbons to some of the trees outside city hall and is encouraging residents to do the same.

The World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse.

May 12 is also International Nurses Day, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.

"As a nurse, she helped lay the foundation for safe, sanitary medical practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, and continues to inspire those who follow in her footsteps to help ease people's pain and suffering through compassionate care," said Premier John Horgan.

"Nightingale was famously quoted as saying, 'How very little can be done under the spirit of fear,' and I think these words can inspire us all to act with courage and determination during the COVID-19 crisis."

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.