FWLHD to celebrate International Nurses Day on 12 May 2014

The Far West Local Health Service will be acknowledging and recognising nurses across its workforce on International Nurses Day (Monday, 12 May 2014) for their commitment to helping others.

Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Dale Sutton, said International Nurses Day was celebrated as a day for honouring all nursing staff.

“Every day we express our deep thanks and gratitude to all our nurses on this day especially – the anniversary of the birth of famed nurse Florence Nightingale – we highlight their contributions to delivering care to our patients across the District,” said Ms Sutton.

The District will also announce the following awards as part of International Nurses Day: Far West Local Health District Nurse of the Year, Assistant in Nursing of the Year, Enrolled Nurse of the Year, Registered Nurse of the Year; Team of the Year and New Graduate Nurse of the Year.

“The Awards we present annually on International Nurses Day celebrate the outstanding contribution made by the nurses in our District,” said Mrs Sutton.

“They (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,” she said.

Ms Sutton said IND was also an opportunity to focus on nursing as a rewarding career for people to consider.

The theme for IND 2014 is ‘Nurses: a Force for Change – a vital resource for health’.

As the largest group of health professionals, who are the closest and often the only available health workers to the population, nurses have a great responsibility to improve the health of the community. It is essential that nurses and managers focus on the nursing workforce as a key priority for achieving better health for all.

An educated nursing workforce + a good work environment = high quality care. This simple, evidence based, equation applied at a local level in the health system is fundamental to understanding how to make the best of the vital resource which is nursing.

“Our nurses provide support and advice to people in their hour of need, and in sometimes challenging and demanding circumstances. Nurses deliver health care to our patients and are an integral part of the health system. It is a career that is rewarding and fulfilling and one I would recommend to anyone,” said Ms Sutton.

“On behalf of the Far West LHD, I am very proud we have a strong and dedicated nursing workforce that is well deserving of the recognition highlighted today.”

Nurses will celebrate International Nurses Day at Broken Hill Health Service with a lunch time barbecue in the hospital foyer starting at midday. That evening, nurses will gather at the Tydvil Hotel for a social get together.

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