It’s National Nursing Week in Canada, and our entire hospital and Foundation are celebrating our amazing Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) nursing team. Thanks to our generous donors and community we are able to provide them with free meals, beverages, snacks and treats, host some fun and virtual COVID-19-safe events, and, most importantly, provide heartfelt messages of appreciation and gratitude in recognition of their outstanding service and dedication. It is a real joy for me to be part of this celebration, and see the smiles it brings to the faces of our wonderful QCH nurses.
Each and everyday they go above and beyond to provide the best possible care to our patients. The skill, expertise and compassion they bring to the bedside not only help save lives, but support our patients and their families in so many other ways. They listen, they comfort, they sing, they entertain, and sometimes, they even help care for pets. Above all, our nurses provide much-needed kindness at times when our patients, and those who care for them, need it the most. There is no doubt that QCH nurses put their hearts and souls into everything they do.
Right now, our nurses are exhausted, their work load is relentless, their shifts long, their challenges greater than ever. Along with their colleagues they are experiencing some of the toughest situations in their careers.
This week we want our nurses to know that their incredible work and selfless acts of kindness do not go unnoticed. We see you and we hear you. And your colleagues, patients, and our entire community appreciate your outstanding resilience, bravery and compassion more than ever. Thank you!
Happy Nursing Week! Thank you for your continued and generous support.
Please stay safe and healthy.
With sincere gratitude,
Shannon Gorman, President & CEO, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation
P.S. If you want to show your appreciation of our nurses, we invite you to make a donation in their honour. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all donations will be matched up to $30,000, which means your gift will go twice as far to support our hospital’s highest priority needs. You can learn more and donate here: qchfoundation.ca/nursingweek2021