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WBHHS celebrate International Nurses Day

THE compassion and professionalism nurses bring to their workplace every day is being celebrated today by the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service as part of International Nurses Day.

International Nurses Day is observed on May 12 each year, to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. This year WBHHS is marking the occasion with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea events across the region’s facilities, as well as the presentation of peer-nominated awards recognising nursing excellence.

WBHHS executive director of nursing and midwifery Fiona Sewell said this year’s theme, “Nurses: A force for change – Improving Health Systems’ Resilience” encouraged people to reflect on the things that helped to make a workforce and health system strong.

“A strong, resilient health service is made up of strong, resilient individuals, and I’m proud to lead such a capable, professional team of nurses that exemplifies those qualities,” Ms Sewell said.

“Nurses always put their patients first, so International Nurses Day is an opportunity to put the focus back on nurses and say thank you.

“But today is just one day. Our nurses show great skill, compassion and professionalism each and every day, and I’d like to personally thank them for the dedication and energy they bring to their many and varied roles.”

WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said WBHHS employed about 1600 nurses in diverse hospital and community roles, from medical and surgical wards to school-based nursing, and from critical care and emergency through to correctional centre nursing.

“Nurses make up almost half of our 3500-strong workforce at Wide Bay HHS, so they’re a huge part of the reason why the community has trust and confidence in our health service,” Mr Pennington said.

“And like many careers in the modern age, nursing roles and responsibilities are constantly evolving, which is another reason why resilience is such an important theme to celebrate.

“One of the key pledges of our strategic plan is to provide sustainable, patient-centred, quality health services – and nurses are at the collective forefront of that pledge.

“They are in many ways the beating heart of our service, and they thoroughly deserve all the thanks that come their way on International Nurses Day, and every other day.”

Last updated: 12 May 2016