International Nurses Day

Nursing is a respected profession, and never have nurses been more valued than during the last two years as the world responded to the global pandemic.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is fortunate to have around 2500 nurses dedicated to making a difference in the lives of sick and injured children and young people.

Today, Thursday 12 May, marks International Nurses Day, a day which recognises the incredible contribution nurses make not just at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, but around the world.

As well as caring for patients in hospital, nurses play a pivotal role in education, research, advocacy and outreach.

At SCHN, we have nurses carrying out research in areas spanning neurology, infectious diseases, allergy, asthma, cancer and much more. We have nurses who help transport the state’s sickest babies as part of the Newborn & paediatric Emergency Transport Service and palliative care nurses who support patients with life limiting illnesses and their families at Bear Cottage, NSW’s only children’s hospice. Nurses in our outreach services care for patients in regional and rural areas of NSW, Canberra and beyond. During the pandemic we had a team dedicated to virtual care for children with COVID-19. No matter what area of the Network our nurses are based, they all have one thing in common, a passion for making a difference.

“The care from our paediatric nurses is felt far and wide and has risen to new heights during the COVID-19 response. Their compassion, resilience and dedication has been a shining light through these challenging times,” Sally Whalen, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Education said.

“It takes a special kind of person to be a paediatric nurse and I am incredibly proud of all the nurses across the Network for the care, empathy, dignity, and humility they show in everything they do.”

To celebrate International Nurses Day, we share this video which captures what it means to be a paediatric nurse.

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