Monday 23rd June 2008
In a moving dawn vigil on International Nurses Day, nurses gathered to commemorate the heroine of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and the commitment of nurses across NSW – a dedication that deserves reward and recognition through fair pay and conditions.
As dawn broke over Martin Place on International Nurses Day on 12 May, nurses from all over NSW gathered in a moving vigil to remember Florence Nightingale, the woman who inspired modern nursing.
Like Nightingale herself, today’s nurses demonstrate the same selfless dedication and commitment to their patients – a dedication that deserves reward and recognition through fair pay and conditions, said NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes to the assembled crowd.
‘This special day is a chance to recall and celebrate the magnificent contribution hundreds of thousands of nurses have made to NSW over the years, and the importance of nursing to our personal and social well-being – both now and in the future.
‘In hospitals, health facilities, community health, disability and aged care settings throughout the state, nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide care for the sick, injured and elderly. That is, again, something to celebrate,’ said Brett.