The theme for this year’s National Nursing Week is Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.

Pretty fitting, don’t you think? I certainly think so.

Being a registered nurse is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, careers imaginable. No two days are the same and some are tougher than others. But many of the stories and experiences we gain throughout our careers, we remember for the rest of our lives. This is the joy of nursing.  

There is no greater privilege than to be trusted by patients and their families during life’s biggest moments. You are family when patients are alone; a rock they can rely on, a shoulder to cry on, a confidant when they are afraid, and a voice when they cannot speak for themselves.

I have been a registered nurse for more than three decades, and now, as SUN president, I have the privilege of speaking to our members every single day. The one commonality I’ve noticed is that no matter our backgrounds, we all share a calling to make a difference in people’s lives. This is what ultimately led us to nursing.

You make a difference. You change lives every single day.

I know it’s been another challenging year, but please do not let your fire go out. Keep using your voice. Speak up for yourselves, each other, and your patients. Be loud and continue to trust your instincts and knowledge. You remain our greatest hope for shaping tomorrow’s health care.

Happy National Nursing Week and thank you.❤️

Tracy Zambory, RN

SUN President

Watch this morning's messge to Saskatchewan nurses on CTV Morning Live

(source: CTV Morning Live Regina | CTV Morning Live | CTV News Regina)