Ann Fenton, RN at Tresillian’s Canterbury Family Care Centre, won $1000 first prize in the NSWNA Poster Competition for the design of the 2009 International Nurses’ Day poster. Ann’s winning jigsaw design, with the slogan ‘Nurses shape the picture of health’, was used as the basis for this year’s International Nurses’ Day poster and was displayed in public health facilities, private hospitals, aged care facilities, TAFEs and universities across NSW. Ann, who staffs the helpline at Tresillian’s Canterbury Family Care Centre, leapt at the chance to combine her two passions, nursing and art. ‘I’ve been an amateur artist since I first started finger-painting as a child and It helps to keep me sane throughout the ups and downs of nursing,’ she said. ‘I wanted to make something that highlighted the valuable contribution nurses make to the health of society – not just in health care, but also our general holistic health – you know, how nurses care not just for the body, but also the mind and spirit of people in our community. ‘I’m so excited about the win.’ Ann picked up a handy $1000 prize for her efforts and intends to give some to charity and put the rest towards a new pair of glasses so she can keep painting.
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