CNA News Room

International Nurses Day offers a chance to reflect on nurses’ roles in health care

May 12, 2023 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to recognize International Nurses Day today. This year’s theme is Our Nurses. Our Future. We celebrate the phenomenal work of all nurses in Canada and globally and their impact on global health outcomes.

“I encourage the public, the media, organizations, and governments in Canada to reflect on, celebrate, and support the various roles that nurses play in supporting all people and communities to be healthy and safe,” said CNA president Sylvain Brousseau.

From July 1-5, Canada will host the International Council of Nurses Congress in Montreal, where nurses from more than 100 countries will celebrate the contributions of nurses to global health.

Whether fighting a global pandemic, helping in war-torn regions, or providing care to patients and communities across Canada, nurses are working hard amidst significant obstacles.

Many nurses in Canada are tired, exhausted, and even demoralized. Their mental health and work conditions are important variables to consider when facing the challenges imposed by an aging population and staff shortages.

To improve health outcomes for all Canadians, an increased number of trained and educated nurses providing care is needed. However, international recruitment must ensure the sustainability of health systems in developing nations.


About the Canadian Nurses Association
CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. Our mission is to advance the nursing profession to improve health outcomes in Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. CNA is the only national association that speaks for all types of nurses across all 13 provinces and territories. We represent nurses that are unionized and non-unionized, retired nurses, nursing students, and all categories of nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses).

For more information, please contact:
Alexandre Bourassa
Public Affairs Lead
Cell: 613-697-7497