Nurses celebrate on International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is an opportunity to commemorate all nurses and the vital work they do in the community. On 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale`s birthday, nurses across NSW joined nurses worldwide in celebrating their profession and their contributions in hospitals, health facilities, community health, disability and aged care settings throughout the State.

Glitz and glamour in the Illawarra
The Illawarra region celebrated International Nurses Day in style. Over 300 nurses from nursing homes, and public and private hospitals attended the annual ‘Glitz and Glamour’ ball organised by NSWNA members Glen Barrington and Nevia Kusa, ENs at Wollongong Hospital.

Reflecting over a nice cuppa

Kurrajong and District Nursing Home celebrated International Nurses Day with an afternoon tea. Nurses marked a world map where staff originated from to recognise the diversity of their knowledge and experience.

Nepean nurses spread the word
Nepean Hospital held a nursing expo to highlight the achievements, career opportunites and to celebrate the work of nurses. Judith Kiejda spent the morning speaking to nurses about the industrial relations legislation and how the new laws affect nurses’ pay and conditions.

RPA nurses the icing on the cake
Firefighters risk their lives every day and are recognised for their work on International Firefighters Day, held on 4 May. This year the fireys decided to do something extra special on International Nurses Day to thank nurses for the care they give injured fire fighters and rescued victims. They treated nurses at the RPA to a special cake that took over 20 hours to make and depicts a fireman on a hospital bed being tended to by a nurse.

Mark of appreciation for Coledale nurses
Nurses at Coledale Hospital celebrated the day with staff choosing to wear Nurses Rights at Work – Worth Fighting For’ t-shirts to acknowledge that the federal government’s industrial relations changes will impact negatively on nurses and tarnish nursing as a career for future generations. All staff were presented with a certificate of appreciation and management put on a barbecue and cake for the nurses.

Nurses nurtured at Shoalhaven Hospital
Members at Shoalhaven Hospital proudly wore their ‘Nurses Rights at Work – Worth Fighting For’ t-shirts on International Nurses Day.
Nurses enjoyed hand and neck massages as a part of ‘nuture the nurse’ afternoon where they enjoyed being pampered and a delicious afternoon tea.