A day of fun – and quality

Nurses across the State found lots of ways to party on International Nurses Day (IND) on 12 May. While members took time out to organise some fun, the theme of this year`s events served as a reminder of our continuing efforts to raise the quality of patient care.

Nurses all over the world were acknowledged and celebrated on 12 May, International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth 187 years ago. This year’s theme was ‘Quality workplaces equal quality patient care’ – a highly relevant subject given WorkChoices and other industrial issues facing Australian nurses. Workplaces throughout NSW were abuzz with fun and celebrations. Events included bed races, bed-making, fancy dress competitions, special lunches and award ceremonies. The day was a great way to say thank you to nurses for their continued hard work and the important role they play in our communities.

Fastest bed in the inner-west Concord Hospital nurses showed their speed and skills on International Nurses Day with a variety of games and competitions. Bed races were a huge success and nurses also enjoyed the fastest-bed-making challenge. Concord also hosted a writing competition, inviting nurses to write about their experiences on the job.

World fashion on display Staff at Elizabeth Lodge embraced a multicultural theme for International Nurses’ Day, celebrating their diverse backgrounds with an International Staff Fashion Parade. With nurses from more than 14 countries, the day was both interesting and a success.

Staffing victory fires up the barbie A good Aussie BBQ was the celebration of choice for Byron District Hospital and Byron Community Health. Staff had much to celebrate, including a recent positive outcome to the branch’s push for funding for extra staff at the hospital.

Fabulous night at Aesop’s Sydney Children’s Hospital celebrated International Nurses’ Day with a big fat Greek meal at Aesop’s Greek Restaurant! Awards were also presented and Professor Mary Chiarella from UTS was guest speaker on the night. Here Wendy Londal accepts her Excellence in Nursing Award from Professor Jackie Crisp.

Crazy hair day at Nunyara Staff at Nunyara Aged Care Facility, Peakhurst, got into the spirit of International Nurses Day by donning colourful wigs and interesting hairstyles. The bright and crazy looks provided much entertainment for the staff as well as residents and everyone had a fantastic day together, celebrating nurses and all their hard work.