Two nurses from the Sydney Adventist Hospital were in the national spotlight this morning—featuring at an Anzac Day service followed by an interview on the Channel 9 Today show.
Clinical nursing unit manager Linda Thomson Mangnall and student nurse Hannah Muggeridge were dressed in World War I nurses’ uniforms as part of a special tribute to World War I nurses at the Anzac service at Wahroonga (NSW). The two nurses led the Wahroonga Pathfinder Club in the official march to the Cenotaph where the service was held.
“I hope when people see the tunics and veils at the Anzac Day service they will remember that while the Diggers made amazing sacrifices for us . . . so did the nurses who were with them every step of the way,” Ms Thomson Mangnall told the Hornsby Advocate.
“The bravery of our nursing forebears supporting our soldiers is an integral part of who we are as Australians.”
During the Today interview, conducted by Sonya Kruger and Richard Wilkins, Ms Thomson Mangnall and Ms Muggeridge talked about the role of nurses during World War I and the challenges they faced doing their job.