Happy International Nurses’ Day!

It`s the one day of the year when it`s time for nurses to shine, and this International Nurses Day we did it in style.

On 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale`s birthday, NSW nurses joined millions around the world to celebrate the profession and remember why nurses are the heart of health.

Fijian theme at Wesley Gardens Aged Care
With so many Fijian staff, it seemed natural to pick a Fijian theme at Wesley Gardens Aged Care, where many staff wore the vibrant colours of their birth country. Residents at the facility loved seeing the nursing staff in their dresses and asked why they couldn’t dress like that every day! The Fijian theme was continued with a lunchtime BBQ serving a host of dishes from around the world.

Ruci Kava is an AiN at Wesley Gardens and says International Nurses’ Day was a chance for her to reflect on why she loves nursing. ‘Being an AiN is a great job, it’s a big challenge for me, caring for the old. We are providing them all the best of care that no one else can possibly offer,‘ she said. ‘Nurses all over the world are doing a fantastic job.‘

Campbelltown Hospital pays to tribute to tsunami nurses
Campbelltown Hospital staff marked the joys and challenges of nursing with a special presentation, including a speech by one nurse who was part of a tsunami rescue team in Sri Lanka.

RN Amanda Larkin recounted her time in Sri Lanka helping countless tsunami victims in the difficult weeks following the disaster. There were also moments of humour when Amanda revealed her ’60 seconds of fame’, showing a tape of a Channel Nine news bulletin of her self in Sri Lanka wearing her ‘Proud to be a MacArthur Campbelltown Nurse’ T-shirt.

Amanda was awarded a certificate of recognition for her work in Sri Lanka, and several other nurses were recognised for clinical excellence with certificates awarded by Area DoN Kerry Russell.

Aussie BBQ for Amity at Ashfield
It was a traditional Australian BBQ for the Amity at Ashfield nurses, but a speech from a South African nurse made it more of an international affair. One Amity resident’s family member wanted to express her gratitude to the staff with a gift of fruit and cookies, and management chipped in by paying for the lunch and sending a floral arrangement.

T-shirts show nursing pride at Kempsey District Hospital
Seven different specialties of Kempsey nurses posed for this photo, showing nurses from education, community health, management, two emergency nurses, operating theatre and mental health cutting a celebratory cake. The mid-north coast nurses also developed a special T-shirt to commemorate the day with the slogan ‘Kempsey Nurses Care.’

Macksville Health Campus wishes you the best v
Macksville operating theatre nurses decked out in their theatre uniforms posed for a photo to wish everyone a happy International Nurses Day. Macksville Health Campus held a special BBQ to say thank you to its nursing staff.

Denise O’Connor, an EN from the OT, conveyed her best wishes to all nurses. ‘It’s nice to be recognised one day of the year. It’s a chance for all of us to  get together and recognise why nurses are special.’

Wollongong Hospital has a ball
There was plenty to celebrate in Wollongong as nurses attended a special International Nurses’ Day ball held in their honour. The theme was masquerade and nurses from both public and private facilities in the area donned bright and colourful masks for the occasion. A DJ entertained the crowd until the wee hours of the morning. Glen Barrington, who helped organise the ball, said the night was a wonderful success. ‘The highlight of the night was to see all the nurses come together and celebrate. We’re already looking forward to next year!’

Sydney Children’s Hospital flies the flag for nurses
Sydney Children’s Hospital raised their native flags to celebrate International Nurses’ Day, and with staff from such far-flung destinations as Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Canada, the United States, Scotland and Singapore, it was a truly colourful celebration.