Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13 - Career Nurse Assistants Day

Career Nursing Assistants provide predictability and stability to care, which in turn enhances the feeling of security of our aging, frail, or chronically challenged population. Career Nurse Assistants often remain in caregiving positions, bringing wisdom, patience, humour, and a general attitude of caring to the daily lives of the residents in their care.

The goal of this day is to create a national Voice by, for, and with nursing assistants and other direct care givers through programs or career development, recognition, education, research, networking and coalition building, peer support and advocacy for all nursing assistants in nursing homes, home care, and other long term care settings. - The Nursing Assistants Initiatives, 1990.

This year celebrates the 36th annual National Nursing Assistants Week, sponsored by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants. If there is a nursing assistant in your life, now is a great time to thank them for everything they do!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Samuel de Champlain impressed his native allies by shooting the dangerous Lachine Rapids in a canoe in 1611.

- Leonard Norcross patented a submarine diving suit in 1777.
- A devastating fire swept through the city of Vancouver in 1886, leaving only Hasting Mills and a few isolated structures in the downtown core standing.
- Neurosurgeon Kenneth McKenzie, who founded the first neurosurgical unit in Canada that became widely recognized for its excellent care and training, was born in Toronto in 1892.
- The Yukon became a separate territory, with a commissioner and partly elected council, by Act of Parliament in 1898.
- Poet Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, whose writing marked a turning point in the history of Québec poetry, was born in Montréal in 1912.
- Emily Murphy was the first woman appointed magistrate (judge of a lower court) in the British Empire in 1916. She spent her first day in court on July 1, in Edmonton.

- Babe Ruth had his final farewell at Yankee Stadium in 1948; he later passed away on August 16th.
- After 72 years, Britain gave up the Suez Canal to Egyptian control in 1956.
- The National Capital Commission completed its explorations for the 16 590 ha green belt surrounding Ottawa in 1961.

- Thurgood Marshall was nominated as the 1st black Supreme Court justice in 1967.
- "In The Summertime", by Mungo Jerry hit #1 on the charts in 1970. Also in 1970, The Beatles' "Let It Be," album went #1 on the charts, staying #1 for 4 weeks.
- Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray was recaptured in 1977, after a brief escape from prison.
- Pioneer 10 became the 1st man-made object to leave the Solar System in 1983.
- Jerry Lee Lewis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.
- In 1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

- The House of Commons passed its Gun Bill in 1995, with a vote of 192-63, barring handguns and requiring all firearms to be registered.
- Two members of the Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings team, Vladimir Konstantinov and Slava Fetisov, were seriously injured when their limousine crashed near Detroit in 1997.
- President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea met Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang in 2000.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

(Don't forget to watch for the Library Ladies in the Parade of the Century this Saturday!)

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