NEWS: Nunavut May 11, 2012 - 7:27 am

GN honours three nurses during National Nursing Week

Robyne Ruff, Sharon Hunting, Lisa Saxby recognized for their contributions to nursing in Nunavut


While nurses around the world are recognized for their commitment to health care during 2012 National Nursing Week, “no more so than in Nunavut, where the territory’s 163 nurses are on the front lines offering professional medical care to Nunavummiut,” said a May 10 news release from the Government of Nunavut.

During National Nursing week the GN nursing hands out awards of excellence in these areas – leadership, nursing practice and lifetime achievements.

This year’s awards go to:

• Robyne Ruff, Baker Lake, for nursing leadership;

• Sharon Hunting, Winnipeg, for lifetime achievement; and,

• Lisa Saxby, Rankin Inlet, for nursing practice.

“Congratulations to all award recipients. I am proud of the commitment and quality of care that all our nurses give to Nunavummiut across this territory,” Nunavut’s health and social services minister, Keith Peterson, said in the release.

National Nursing Week, May 7 to 13, coincides with International Nursing Day, May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.