May 9, 2017

Vancouver, BC – Langara College is celebrating National Nursing Week, May 8-14, by inviting the public to recognize nurses’ dedication and commitment through Let’s Thank A Nurse.

Held each year, National Nursing Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the nursing profession. In 2017, the Canadian Nurses Association chose the theme #YESThisIsNursing, to celebrate the diversity of nurses.

“National Nursing Week is a time to recognize a health care provider, colleague, family member, friend, leader, or neighbour who has impacted someone's life whether they know it or not; this week we recognize the profession,” said Langara nursing faculty member Denise Thomas.

From May 8 to 31, Langara is inviting nurses, health care workers and the wider community to celebrate and recognize nurses that have made a difference – big or small. People can visit and share a story and thank you note for their favourite nurse to help create a virtual Wall of Thanks.

“Nurses work in a variety of settings and roles, making a difference everyday, but many do not know the impact of their work. Taking a moment to acknowledge and thank a nurse can have a ripple effect and motivate others to recognize the often invisible caregivers, leaders, educators, coordinators, and many others,” added Thomas.

Langara has a proud history in the nursing community, educating over 5,000 nurses since 1971. Our alumni play an important role in BC and Canadian health care. We want to recognize their contribution and the contribution of their colleagues to peoples lives everyday.

Let’s Thank a Nurse is part of Langara’s Code Orange campaign to support nursing students in need. Nursing students have the highest demand for student financial aid at the College, with the demands of their program making it difficult to hold a part-time job. Code Orange aims to raise $25,000 to provide bursaries for nursing students.

“We established Code Orange as we saw the urgent need for student support. As a profession, we need to invest in the future, and by donating to Code Orange, you could be saving a life by adding to the profession,” said Thomas, who is also a member of the Code Orange fundraising committee.

About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

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Carly Barrett
Communications Officer
Langara College