Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap spoke about nurses in B.C on May 9, 2016.
“Madam Speaker, 17 months ago, I received a heart bypass surgery and spent 2 weeks in the hospital.
“It was not easy.
“During my hospital stay, I was very thankful and blessed to have a team of professional health practitioners look after me.
“And I especially would like to express my deepest gratitude to the team of nurses.
“Madam Speaker, providing day-to-day patient care continuously for 12 hours requires a lot of energy, compassion, patience and endurance.
“Some of the tasks are challenging and unpleasant, but nurses complete them in a professional manner.
“They not only provide care and help monitor patients’ conditions, but also give emotional support to patients and their families.
“Nurses must be prepared to deal with any emergency situation at a moment’s notice, and require great resilience, as well as observational, communications and people skills.
“Thank you to the team of nurses who took care of me during my stay in the hospital.
“Madam Speaker, nurses are a key pillar in our health care system. We need to support them to do this vital and challenging work.
“In March of this year, our government, in partnership with the BC Nurses’ Union, created more than 1,600 additional regular nursing positions to better support nurses on the frontlines.
“We have also worked with the Health Employers Association of BC and the Union to address overtime and workload issues, and have been progressing well on that front.
“Madam Speaker, nurses in B.C. have been doing an excellent job taking care of British Columbians. I know some of them are here today with us in the House in recognition of National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 15th.
“Let us give them and all nurses a big round of applause!