FWLHD celebrates International Nurses Day – 12 May 2017

International Nurses Day – 12 May 2017

Far West LHD to present Nurse/ Midwife of the Year Awards

 “Nurses: A Voice to Lead”

The Far West Local Health District will be recognising and acknowledging all nurses and midwives for their commitment to caring for others as it celebrates International Nurses Day on Friday, 12 May, 2017.

The theme for this year is “Nurses a Voice to Lead: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.

There are seventeen sustainable goals identified, these goals encompass a broad range of issues for the world, such as ending poverty, hunger, improving health and education, combating climate change and many others.

“Often when people think of health care, many see doctors at the forefront but the most important people in the healthcare system are nurses,” said Ms Dale Sutton, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Far West Local Health District.

“Ever the underdog, nurses play a key role in all of our medical institutions, being responsible for the welfare, safety and recovery of patients. Nurses have an enormous amount of knowledge and many diverse skills they spend years perfecting and developing, all the time working in decidedly tough environments where extreme stress is just a part of the job. Nurses help bring new life into the world, care tirelessly for the sick and injured, and sometimes watch the patients they did everything to save pass away despite their best efforts.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work, long hours, and emotional duress that are part of the life of every nurse and midwife on International Nurses Day.

“International Nurses and Midwives Day is the day that we show gratitude to the resilience, dedication, compassion and caring nature of all our nurses and midwives within the Far West Local Health District. said Ms Sutton.

The celebration will feature the Far West LHD Nursing and Midwifery Directorate’s announcement of Far West LHD Nurse/ Midwife of the Year, Assistant in Nursing/Midwife of the Year, Enrolled Nurse of the Year, Nursing Team of the Year and New Graduates of the Year for 2017. This year will be the first time that we also acknowledge Manager of the Year, Innovation in Education and a Nurse who demonstrates Clinical Leadership.

“Once more I am pleased to say we are extremely proud of our dedicated nursing and midwifery workforce and the award recipients are well deserving of that recognition being highlighted on International Nurses Day,” said Ms Sutton.

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.

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