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National Nursing Week


Sunday, May 6th was the beginning of National Nursing Week! It is meant to “emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline.” Sprott Shaw College would like to extend our gratitude to all the BC Nurses for their hard work within our communities!

Nurses’ recognition started off in “1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, International Nurses Day.” Then it turned into a celebratory week in “1985 to highlight nurses’ contributions to the well-being of the Canadian public.”

With the ageing population, Practical Nursing is one of the fastest-growing segments in healthcare. They provide care for patients under the direction of physicians, nurses, and other health team members. Practical nurses (PN) provide basic bedside care. This could include taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration. PNs help patients with personal hygiene, feeding patients, attending to their comfort and emotional needs. Outside the ward, they observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. As you can see their jobs are varied and centred on patient care.

In order to start a rewarding career as a Practical Nurse, you must get quality training. Sprott-Shaw Community College’s Practical Nursing program provides students with the essential knowledge and experience needed to get hired. Our grads are working at most major hospitals and care facilities in the province. If you don’t mind working in a high-pressure workplace and you are a compassionate person then you may enjoy working in the Healthcare field.

If you are interested in learning more about our Practical Nursing program and some of our other healthcare-related programs, then please visit here!

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