The day of the Nightingale spirit

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day, Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care, was celebrated with gusto across NSW last month as nurses turned out in force to support their peers and their profession.

Our spies across the state reported rampant frivolity on a scale not seen since, well, the last International Nurses Day, as nurses engaged in everything from bed races to lunchtime banquets.

While nurses might be struggling to have their voices heard in Macquarie Street, such was not the case out in the real world as local communities took the opportunity to thank their primary care givers – with stories of appreciation and gratitude from leaders and ordinary folk appearing in most regional and metropolitan newspapers.

Nurses at North Shore Private Hospital put in a great effort for International Nurses Day supplying pizzas and cupcakes for all the staff and free massages from the physio dept. Each ward voted for an ‘outstanding nurse’ in their area. Pictured is North Shore’s clinical director Sue Engele presenting Pete Lowe with an award for his work in the Cardiac Cath. Lab while Sarina Klages and Maggie Gent (both in scrubs) look on.

A special commendation goes to Goulburn Base Hospital’s Nightingale look-alike Liz Simpson – looking great for 188 Liz! – sitting with fellow winners (clockwise from left: Kym Whykes, Margaret Nicholls, Kristy Wilson, Donna Calleja, Lisa Best, Tracy Lewis and Yvonne Pope.

EN Carole Morris was nearly struck speechless after winning the inaugural ‘Nursing Excellence Award‘ at Coledale Hospital’s International Nurses Day luncheon. Carol was presented with an MP3 player from the Members Equity Bank.

Nurses at Mudgee Hospital received high praise on International Nurses Day including a special commendation from the local community health council and a big thankyou from Nursing Services Manager Gwenda Ingram who praised the team’s professionalism under difficult circumstances.