ONA Celebrates Nursing Week 2023

March 7, 2023

During Nursing Week 2023, May 8-14, we recognize and celebrate the professionalism and dedication of our registered nurse (RN), registered practical nurse (RPN) and nurse practitioner (NP) members. This year we also celebrate ONA’s 50th anniversary.

You can see this reflected in our Nursing Week theme: Lasting Impact, Forging Our Future / Créer un impact durable, bâtir notre avenir. This theme, developed by and for ONA nurses, conveys a strong and empowering message that nurses demand and need respect.

Despite the obvious devaluation of our work by the government and decision-makers, we remain dedicated to providing safe quality care. We are also committed to fighting for change: better working conditions, safe staffing and the fairness we deserve from employers and our government.

ONA was formed in October 1973 with the amalgamation of a number of small bargaining units. Since that time, we have seen amazing progress. We continue to win improvements and work on adding provisions in our collective agreements, to ensure nurses have safe workplaces and can provide the best and safest care possible to patients, residents and clients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health, public health, home care and industry and clinics across Ontario.

You deserve to be celebrated for your work, but more importantly, you deserve the respect, fairness and support you have too often been denied throughout this pandemic. Take this time to acknowledge and honour your hard work, especially as we navigate a challenging health-care system post-pandemic.

Join the conversation!

Share your stories, messages and greetings on social media, using the hashtags #ForgingOurFuture and #NursingWeek2023.

#ForgingOurFuture Nursing Week Contest

As part of Nursing Week celebrations on social media, we’re asking ONA members to share their answers to the following question: What is your vision for the future of nursing?

Post your response, including the hashtags #ForgingOurFuture #NursingWeek2023 on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and the top nine entries will receive $10 Tim Horton’s gift cards—with a $50 grand prize Tim Horton’s gift card for the best entry!

Posters and Shareables