The COVID-19 pandemic is shedding a light on the work done by nurses, and Manitoba Nurses Union's president says there is a simple way for everyone to show their support.

May 11-17 is National Nursing Week in Canada, and the World Health Organisation has declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. As Manitobans celebrate, Manitoba Nurses Union President  Darlene Jackson is appreciative of the recognition for nurses.

"Trust me, nurses appreciate (the recognition) so much that they get from the public. I truly believe that the public and our patents believe in nurses," Jackson says.

She adds that "it is a very unique time for our healthcare system right now" and nurses are thankful for the kind gestures from the public.

ecause healthcare providers and nurses out on that  front line are at a much higher risk of exposure... it is definitely anxiety-causing"

. You work long hours, facing great physical and emotional demands, especially during COVID-19. Your skills and expertise improve the quality of life for your patients, and help keep them well," he says in a statement. "I want to thank each and every nurse for the hard work, dedication and sacrifices they are making to care for others."

He says that the Province has hired 409 new nurses since June 1, 2019, and is committed to investing in healthcare. 

"The contributions nurses make to the health, safety and well-being of all Manitobans, as well as their work on the front lines of this pandemic, are greatly appreciated by myself, our government and people across the province. "