For immediate Release:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

National Nursing Week Appropriate Time to Recognize the Vital Role of LPNs

ST. JOHN’S, NL – May 7 to 13 is National Nursing Week. NAPE, the union representing approximately 1500 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) across Newfoundland and Labrador, says it is time for government to provide LPNs with the tangible recognition they deserve for the invaluable service and care they provide every day to the people of this province.

“LPNs have taken on greater nursing responsibilities in recent years, yet there has been no tangible recognition by government for their additional duties,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong. “It is time for government to recognize this reality and provide LPNs with a salary that truly reflects the work that these vital members of the healthcare team provide.”

NAPE has undertaken a campaign in recent months to bring attention to the increased role of LPNs in our healthcare system.

“Many in the general public do not realize that LPNs are identified as nurses under provincial legislation,” continued Furlong. “Our campaign, I’m a Nurse: Licensed Practical Nurse, has brought attention to the fact that LPNs are indeed nurses and are qualified and trained to carry out and perform a multitude of nursing procedures in the course of their duties.”

“We ask that you take this time to join us in acknowledging the vital role of all nurses to our health care system and to the people of our province,” stated Furlong.


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