Celebrating our nurses

There is no denying that nurses play an invaluable role in our healthcare system. Their role is pivotal in not just caring for patients at the bedside, but in educating their colleagues, facilitating research, and supporting the community with innovative ways to keep patients at home, where they belong. But while they have all these things in common, what unites them above all else is their passion for making a difference.

Across Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, the impact of this is felt every, single day.

This year, on International Nurses Day, the continued compassion, commitment and professionalism of the nurses has been even more greatly highlighted as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fittingly, the theme for 2020 is Nursing the World to Health, focusing on the true value of nurses not just during the current health crisis, but all year round.

"Never has it been more important to celebrate the work nurses do in caring for families and children than as we face the current health crisis that has affected so many," Sally Whalen, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Education said.

"Our nurses have adapted to the COVID-19 outbreak with true professionalism, they have managed it as another day at work, they have taken it in their stride and have remained focused on providing the very best care."

"I am so very proud of all our nurses across the Network and would personally like to thank and congratulate them for the wonderful care they provide to our patients every day."

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birthday, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. This year is also particularly significant with the day marking the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and coinciding with the World Health Organisation's 'International Year of the Nurse'.

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