Ladies and gentlemen,
Professional nursing staff play a vital role in the healthcare system. Regardless of whether it is in homes for the elderly or nursing homes, acute-care hospitals, psychiatric services, home care systems, in long-term care facilities, as a freelancer, etc. – as patients and their relatives we are always dependent on professional and ethically responsible nurses. You play a major part in ensuring that patients return to health and stay healthy.
Nursing management fulfils a key function here. People in management positions therefore benefit especially from cross-border networking: it enables them to exchange information, provide each other with the latest findings and discuss common scenarios for the future of the healthcare system.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you attending this congress from right across Europe. I hope you will meet interesting people, enjoy lively debates and gain ideas for forward-looking solutions in the interests of the nursing staff, the patients and society as a whole.
State Council for the Aargau Canton