International Nurses Day
Today marks International Nurses Day 2020. Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) leads the celebrations for International Nurses Day, which is traditionally held on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. ICN’s theme for 2020 is Nursing the World to Health, focusing on the true value of nurses to the people of the world.
This year, the occasion is very special; not solely because 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the international year of the nurse and midwife, or that it is the 200th anniversary of Nightingdale's birth, but that it also marks the battle we face globally against an unprecedented pandemic. Right now, nurses all over the world continue to work tirelessly to provide care and attention to people in need, whenever and wherever they need it.
Today, as a small token of THANK YOU to our nurses, complimentary meals are being provided for nursing staff.
And in the spirit of our continual celebration of our nursing heroes, we also profile Enrolled Nurse of our Coronary Care Unit (CCU) Sarah Chatterton.
Nurse in the spotlight: Sarah Chatterton
When asked what inspired her to become a nurse, Sarah describes her story;
Caring for my mum before she passed away made me realise nursing was what I wanted to do. The amazing nurses that supported my mum through her cancer journey were really inspiring.
- What does being a nurse mean to you?
For me, the role of the nurse is to work collaboratively with other staff to provide the best possible care to my patients. To be their advocate, their voice when they have none, to listen, to educate and to comfort them and respond to their needs, both physical and emotional.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
There are probably two things I enjoy most about my job, I enjoy the challenge that every day brings and I really enjoy working with my patients, their families and the fabulous staff in my unit.
- Tell us about your nursing journey and experiences:
I was really fortunate to have a fabulous group of people studying nursing with me. These people made the journey a really great one, sharing the highs and lows. I continue to maintain friendships with many of them and work along side several at this hospital.
- What are your proudest nursing achievements? I have not been nursing for very long, but thus far my proudest achievement is being accepted into CCU for my 2nd graduate rotation and now continuing to work there.
The team at Mulgrave Private Hospital enjoy having Sarah on board in our CCU ward and we are excited to see where her career takes her.