CCH Celebrates National Nursing Week

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CCH Celebrates National Nursing Week
Nurses on the Surgery Unit at CCH celebrate National Nursing Week 2022. Pictured left-to-right: Linda Gravel (Chief Nursing Officer), Amberly Coulter (RPN), Allie Meldrum (RPN), Mark Lavallée-Demers RN, Kelsey Lauzon RN, Nicole McCabe RPN, and Jannick Langlais (Clinical Manager of Sub-Acute Medicine and Allied Health). submitted photo

May 9, 2022

National Nursing Week is May 9-15, 2022. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by the Canadian Nurses Association to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s healthcare journey. The pandemic brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and demonstrated the important role that nurses play in the community.

There are nearly 600 nurses at CCH working in various departments. Whether it be providing emergency care, critical care, mental health and addiction services or delivering babies, our nurses dedicate themselves to saving lives and providing exceptional, compassionate care to our patients.

“This past year, we have seen our nursing teams collaborate and step up to answer the call like never before. The Omicron wave of COVID-19 brought unprecedented levels of patient volumes and staff absenteeism at CCH. In the face of this adversity, our nurses came together to support one another and ensure our patients would continue receiving exceptional care. Words cannot express how thankful I am for their courage, commitment and dedication,” says Jeanette Despatie, CCH President and Chief Executive Officer.

Following several months of engagement with nursing staff, CCH is also unveiling its new Professional Practice Model (PPM) this week. The PPM is a tool that defines how nurses at CCH will practice, collaborate, communicate, and develop professionally to provide the highest-quality care in accordance with our organization’s mission and values.

“While developing the PPM, we heard from nursing teams that there are certain values that guide their practice and embody who they are as professionals. Specifically, they put patients first, empower their practice, care with their hearts, value relationships and work as a team; and those are the five components to our PPM,” explains Linda Gravel, Vice-President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “We are confident that our teams and patients at CCH will benefit from this strong, compassionate guidance provided through the PPM.”

This week, please join CCH in thanking our local nurses for their selfless care, compassion, sacrifice and dedication.
CCH’s new PPM can be found at

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