San celebrates incredible contribution of nurses

Nurses celebrate on the front lawn of the hospital.

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Sydney Adventist Hospital acknowledged the contribution of its nursing staff for International Nurses Day on May 12.

Under the theme “Our Nurses. Our Future”, the focus of the 2023 celebration was to translate learnings from the pandemic into actions that protect, respect and value nurses.

“Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system,” said San chief operations and nursing executive Clare Lumley. “The pandemic highlighted their incredible resilience and selflessness. As we look towards the future, it is imperative that we value our nurses. Let’s ensure we work together to create a brighter future for nursing, where our nurses are professionally fulfilled and empowered to provide the highest quality of care to our communities.”

In addition to International Nurses Day, the hospital also acknowledged the International Day of the Midwife on May 5. “We celebrate the incredible contributions of our midwives who have been delivering ‘San babies’ for over a century,” said Ms Lumley. “Their unwavering commitment to maternal and newborn health has been instrumental in shaping the legacy of our hospital.”

The celebrations for International Nurses Day coincided with “Thrive Week”, which recognised the importance of personal and professional growth, health and resilience of all San staff.

Gestures of appreciation were held during the week to acknowledge nurses, midwives and staff throughout the hospital, to thank them and highlight the great work they do.

One of the key highlights of Thrive Week was the presentation of staff awards. This year, 117 staff were presented with awards for years of service, with seven individuals recognised for 30 years and three for 40 years of service.

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