Stephanie Mercy, Tyrone Dungey and Jane Maslen enjoy a laugh while grabbing lunch at the International Nurses Day lunch at Grafton Base Hospital.
Stephanie Mercy, Tyrone Dungey and Jane Maslen enjoy a laugh while grabbing lunch at the International Nurses Day lunch at Grafton Base Hospital.

Nurses deserve day of recognition

WHAT better way to celebrate the commitment and dedication of health-care workers than a good fry-up?

Well, there might be better if those health-care workers had the free time to take part.

Yesterday was international nurses’ day and nurses got together at the Grafton Base Hospital with community health workers, visiting medical officers, emergency department doctors and other hospital staff for a sausage sizzle and spit roast.

For Registered Nurse and organiser Tyrone Dungey it was a chance for nurses to be recognised for the work they do.

“We feel we are doing a valuable job,” he said.

“We only have one day in the year to celebrate.”

Mr Dungey said that because most staff were working, the event had to be held in the hospital grounds during a staggered lunch break.

He said the nurses had encouraged other staff to attend so they could let them know the work they did to support nurses was valued.

He said the Grafton District Services Club had signalled its support for nurses by donating meat for the barbecue. The hospital donated salads.

Duty MLC for Clarence Greg Donnelly commended the professionalism of the North Coast nurses and thanked them publicly for the quality of care they provided.

“Nurses are such a vital part of the health-care team and international nurses day provides an opportune time to recognise the tremendous and tireless efforts made by local nurses,” he said.



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