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International Nurses Day is globally celebrated every year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

The day offers a chance to reflect on the remarkable role our nursing and midwifery workforce play in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community.

“Every day I have the privilege of seeing our nurses and midwives deliver care in a skilled, kind and compassionate way, putting the patient at the centre of the care delivered,” said Sally Squire, AWH’s Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery.

This year’s International Nurses Day theme (Nurses: A Voice to Lead, A Vision for Future Healthcare) proves particularly timely within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past 12 months, nurses have been at the centre of the pandemic response - playing an invaluable role in keeping the community safe despite facing significant challenges within the healthcare sector. However, these adversities have prompted innovative solutions which will ultimately transform, and shape, the future of healthcare and the nursing profession.

“The complex pandemic environment has provided the opportunity to consider how we meet the current and future healthcare needs of our communities. Along with demonstrating commitment, compassion and courage during this time, our nurses have demonstrated incredible adaptability and flexibility.”

To celebrate AWH’s nursing workforce, afternoon tea events are being held simultaneously across a number of AWH campuses to ensure all nurses – regardless of their roles – are recognised. The celebratory events will include announcements of winners of AWH’s 2021 Nurses & Midwifery Awards, which recognise the achievements of nurses and midwives who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the community.

“After witnessing so many wonderful examples of care and compassion over the past year, I have never been more proud to be a nurse,” Sally said.

International Nurses Day provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise and thank local nursing students, enrolled nurses, registered nurses, nurse unit managers and nurse educators – all who provide outstanding patient care and contribute to making AWH a great place to work.

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