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Celebrating our nurses and midwives

Friday, 4 May 2018

Nurses and midwives across South Australia will be formally acknowledged for their tireless dedication and hard work as part of International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife.

SA Health’s new Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Jenny Hurley, said over the next week she is looking forward to celebrating with nurses and midwives from metropolitan and country hospitals.

“On Thursday, 3 May I met with nurses and midwives at Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Tanunda Hospital where I took the opportunity to thank them for their ongoing commitment and listen to their stories, face to face,” Ms Hurley said. 

“I am excited to begin my new role and already in the short time I’ve been in the job I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about our nurses and midwives.

“As part of my role I plan on developing good relationships with staff who work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality patient care.

“Over the coming weeks and months I plan to visit a raft of hospitals, from Flinders Medical Centre in the south to Lyell McEwin Hospital in the north, from the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the heart of Adelaide to hospitals across country South Australia.

“Ultimately I hope nurses and midwives in South Australia’s public hospitals feel supported by me as they undertake their day-to-day work.”

Country Health SA’s Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Lyn Olsen, said International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife provided an opportunity for the wider community to acknowledge the contribution of nurses and midwives.

“We have wonderful staff across all of our health sites who are committed to providing the best possible patient care, and I want to thank all of our nurses and midwives for making a tangible difference in people’s lives,” Ms Olsen said.

“I’d also like to thank our new Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Jenny Hurley, for heading out into the regions and meeting some of our fantastic staff.

“I encourage the community to join with me in thanking our nurses and midwives for their hard work and dedication and support they provide to the community on a daily basis.”

International Day of the Midwife is observed on Saturday 5 May and International Nurses Day is marked on Saturday 12 May, with staff being honoured at morning teas and breakfasts across the State.

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