International Nurses Day - May 12

Working around the clock, the nurses and midwives at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network are there every hour of the day and night, providing care, support and guidance to patients and families during their time of need – and that’s something to be celebrated.

This Saturday, 12 May, is International Nurses Day. It’s a chance to celebrate not just the nurses and midwives here at Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, but all around the world, and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to healthcare.

The theme for International Nurses Day this year is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health is a Human Right” and is focused on advocating for access to health for all individuals and communities.

It is well-known that patients benefit from improved quality and safety when there is a positive and safe working environment for staff, and as a Network that is something that we strive to maintain.

Our Nursing and Midwifery strategic plan was developed by our nursing staff and some of the exciting actions to provide sustainable improvements and opportunities for our nursing and midwifery staff to ultimately improve patient outcomes and experiences include the following:

  • An increase in the new graduate numbers
  • An increase in the number of paediatric education and training programs
  • The development of nursing research grants and internships
  • The development of a nursing and midwifery workforce plan
  • The early development of tools to support our staff to inform decision making and monitoring of quality and safety indicators

These strategies each demonstrate the unique and influential role our nurses and midwives have in transforming health care and health systems to help ensure children and young people can live their healthiest lives.

On behalf of everyone at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Happy International Nurses Day.