In London, every year a special service is arranged in Westminster Abbey and during this service, a special symbolic lamp is taken from the nurses, which represents the passing and recognition of knowledge sharing from one nurse to another.
In Australia, International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Special nursing ceremonies are conducted during this nursing week including Midwives Day, which is celebrated on the 5th May each year.
The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is ‘Equity and Access to Health Care’ and International Midwives Day theme is ‘The World Needs Midwives More Than Ever Now’.
Chris Crawford, Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive said that having a dedicated day to recognise the Nurses and Midwives working in our Hospitals and Community Health facilities provides the Local Health District Executive the opportunity to extend its thanks to the valuable contribution our Nurses and Midwives provide.
Wendy Howell, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery said International Nurses Day is an important occasion as it highlights the diverse range of nursing services provided in a modern world.
“As well as General Nurses there are Nurses who undertake further education and training to specialize in a particular field of nursing, such as midwifery, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, intensive care, pain management etc. We have Clinical Nurse Educators and Nurse Educators who assist in providing further training for existing nursing staff and Nurse Graduates when they come to work in hospital settings after completing their University degree,” Ms Howell said.
“We also have highly trained Nurse Practitioners, who have studied to attain Masters Level University degrees in a specialized field such as Dementia, Aged Care, Mental Health, Chronic and Complex Care,” said Ms Howell.
“As a result of their education, training and experience, Nurse Practitioners demonstrate a high level of clinical proficiency and carry out a range of procedures within the scope of their practice. This also includes the ability to prescribe medications and order and interpret specific diagnostic tests. They work in close collaboration with their medical, nursing and allied health colleagues.”
“Our Nursing Staff also include Community Nurses and Hospital in the Home Nurses who work in the community. Across the Local Health District our Nurses work hard to provide high level of nursing care, education and support to our community members. They also play a pivotal role in health promotion and the delivery of chronic disease management,” Ms Howell added.