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Heart & Science

WeRPN is pleased to announce a virtual event series for Nursing Week 2022 taking place Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13. We look forward to hosting daily events, which will be open and free for all nurses to attend.

Nursing has always been an intricate balance of art and science. This year’s theme The Heart and Science of Nursing will honour RPNs for the dedication they display to their craft every day with presentations inspired by art, science and well-being.

Download the Nursing Week 2022 poster.

Download the Nursing Week 2022 program guide.

Watch the nominator videos below:


Nominator for RPN

Nominator for RN

Nominator for NP

See below for an overview of what we have in store for you over Nursing Week and click on the events you’re interested in registering for.

Nursing Week Kick-Off — The Art of Empathy

Monday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. EST

Dianne Martin, chief executive officer at WeRPN, will kick-off nursing week. Nursing is as much of an art as it is a science; a successful nurse cannot have one without the other. When applied together, they are a force to be reckoned with in healthcare. Through it all, the best nurses never stop learning and growing. 

Following the kick-off, Karla McLaren, M.Ed., will be presenting about Healthy Empathy®, a program that helps health professionals develop sustainable empathy skills, improve patient/client care outcomes, create a supportive work environment and nurture themselves with focused self-care practices.

The Value of Patient-Focused Diabetes Care

Tuesday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. EST

As persons with Type I diabetes, Brie and Francine will share how their experience, from a patient perspective, has impacted their nursing practice and transformed their approach to diabetic care. They will explain how their use of a coaching approach to care can result in clients and families working collaboratively to develop realistic and individualized plans for care, which ultimately lead to better patient outcomes.
Finally, as a certified diabetic educator, Brie will share her expertise to provide participants with patient-focused tips that support clients to develop achievable goals.

The Science of Footcare

Tuesday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. EST

Erin King, CEO of Feet for Life Medical Foot Care Ltd., will teach participants how to optimize foot and lower limb health and improve client mobility and overall health-related quality of life. Topics covered include performing lower leg and foot assessments using the nursing process to diagnose, develop and implement a plan of care, while working independently or as part of an interdisciplinary health care team to provide quality client care.

BEGIN your journey to The Joy and Privilege of Working in LTC and HCC

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. EST

This panel discussion will provide an overview of the opportunity the Bridging Education Grant in Nursing (BEGIN) offers PSWs and RPNs, and how Schlegel Health Care is creating a caring community with life purpose for residents.

Nurses that have bridged from PSW to RPN and RPN to RN will share what they love about their work in LTC and HCC and how it can truly be one of the most rewarding areas of the profession. They will discuss how they develop relationships with their patients/residents/clients and their families; the benefits and opportunities to really make a difference in the residents’ quality of life. 

Nursing Now Ontario Awards 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. EST

Join us to celebrate all of Ontario’s nurses and learn who the winners of this year’s Nursing Now Awards are (RPN, RN, NP), as nominated by their peers and the public.

The Awards are jointly presented by the Registered Practical Nurses’ Association of Ontario (WeRPN), the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) to one winner in each of three categories: registered practical nurse (RPN), registered nurse (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP). The winners are selected by a panel of nurses based on having demonstrated the qualities of an exceptional nurse – high professional standards, superior clinical skills and a compassionate practice.

Art Therapy for Nurses

Friday, May 13, 12:00 p.m. EST

Join Catherine Mellinger in making space for nurses to heal by creating a sense of community and allowing them to engage in imaginative self-expression. Learn the benefits of being able to see connections between what you’re working on and thinking about in that moment to the real world.

Catherine has suggested that anyone interested in attending this presentation would benefit from bringing an object from home — whether it be something meaningful or random, like a wooden spoon.

Following this presentation, Dianne Martin will provide closing remarks and reflections on Nursing Week.

Thank you to our Nursing Week Sponsors


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