FWLHD celebrates International Nurse Day – 12 May 2015

International Nurse Day – 12 May 2015

FWLHD to present Nurse of the Year Awards for 2015

“Nurses: a Force for Change – Care Effective, Cost Effective”

Nurses across the Far West Local Health District will be acknowledged and recognised for their commitment to others on International Nurses Day (Tuesday, 12 May 2015).

Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Dale Sutton, said International Nurses Day was an opportunity to recognise all nursing staff.

“As well as expressing our deep thanks and gratitude to all our nurses every day, this day – the anniversary of the birth of famed nurse Florence Nightingale – highlights their contributions to delivering care to our patients across the District,” said Ms Sutton.

The FWLHD Nursing and Midwifery Directorate will on Tuesday, 12 May announce the Far West LHD Nurse of the Year, Assistant in Nursing of the Year, Enrolled Nurse of the Year, Nursing Team of the Year and New Graduate Nurse of the Year awards for 2015.

The announcements will be made during a barbecue held in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer to thank the District’s wonderful and committed nursing staff.

International Nurses Day celebration activities including staff barbecues and dinners, will also be held for nurses in all the Far West LHD’s other facilities.

“We want to celebrate the outstanding contribution made by the nurses in our District and the awards acknowledge that we as fellow colleagues and as an organisation appreciate and recognise our nurses for the hard work they do every day,” said Ms Sutton.

“I am very proud that we have a strong and dedicated nursing workforce and all of them and the awards recipients are well deserving of that recognition being highlighted today.”

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective.

“This resonates with commitment for action to change health systems to achieve better health outcomes for all,” said Ms Sutton. “In order to do this, nurses need an understanding of healthcare delivery including financing, cost effectiveness and resource management, cost of healthcare and access to care.”

“Nurses make decisions multiple times a day in everyday practice that can make a vital difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of our healthcare system. It is essential that nurses and policy focus on the nursing role in care effective and cost effective healthcare systems as a key priority for achieving better health for all,” she said.

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