Nurses Del McIvor, Joy Barber, Jenny Butcher and Scott Rhodes.
Nurses Del McIvor, Joy Barber, Jenny Butcher and Scott Rhodes. JoJo Newby

Florence Nightingales close the gap

THE HARD work and dedication of the roughly 2000 nurses who work in the Northern NSW Local Health Network were recognised yesterday as part of International Nurses Day celebrations.

Nurses and other hospital support staff gathered for a morning tea at Grafton Base Hospital yesterday morning and also for a barbecue lunch at Maclean Hospital to mark the day which is traditionally held on the birthday of legendary nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Director of nursing for Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean Hospital, Paul Schofield, said it was an important day on the calendar.

“It’s celebrated across the world and it recognises the hard work and commitment of nurses everywhere,” Mr Schofield said.

“But today we’ve also decided to share it with our colleagues too because nurses can’t work without the support staff.”

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day was Closing the Gap – Increasing Access and Equity.

This theme highlights the need for improving access to health care services, particularly for those living in remote and regional areas.



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