On 12 May each year International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

On International Nurses Day, NSW Health acknowledges the compassion, professionalism, and round-the-clock commitment of nurses caring for patients in the public health system. We celebrate and appreciate nurses, and the important role of nursing across the world.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer’s Message to NSW Health Nurses

Transcript: Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer’s Message to NSW Health Nurses

The International Council of Nurses leads the commemoration of this day. The theme for 2019 is Nurses: a voice to lead - health for all in recognition of the role and impact nurses can have in transforming health care and health systems.

With nursing’s core role as a patient advocate, their scientific reasoning skills, large workforce numbers and spectrum of care provision across the health continuum, nurses are ideally placed to lead and inform health services decision making and policy development (International Council of Nurses, 2019).

Nursing in NSW

As the single largest workforce group, nurses are there at every turn, making a real difference to the care and the experience of patients and their families and carers.

Hear what their profession means to nurses across NSW Health

Transcript: What their profession means to nurses across NSW Health

Know an excellent nurse?

Nominate them for the 2019 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

The awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise nurses and midwives for their excellence in practice and for the significant contribution that they make to their professions, their teams and the community.

Page Updated: Thursday 9 May 2019
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