Saying thank-you on International Nurses Day

Tumut Hospital nursing staff on Friday.

Management said thank-you to the hard-working nurses at the Tumut Hospital on Friday with cake and coffee, and the nurses created a hand-painted banner for the occasion.

Several placement students from Charles Sturt University were there learning the ropes from Tumut Hospital’s renowned nursing staff, and Deputy Facility Manager Narelle McKenzie made a point of ensuring they were included.

“I really wanted the students to be a part of it, because they have to see that nursing is a great career,” she said.

“It’s something that becomes a part of you and if you are really into it, it’s really very hard to give up.”

Sue Perry cuts the international nurses day cake.

Narelle has been a nurse for many years now, and hers is a familiar face for Tumut residents. She said despite the ups and downs of being with people during extremely emotional times, she wouldn’t change her chosen profession for a second.

“I would recommend it, I really would,” she said.

“It is amazing, you really are really privileged and honoured to be involved in people’s most vulnerable moments in their life. Sometimes they’re not so good and sometimes they’re really great! People are exposed in every way, shape or form when they come into hospital, so we are honoured to be involved in that.”

IND is celebrated on May 12 because that date is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, cutting her teeth during the Crimean War and going on to found the first professional nursing college in the world at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, in 1860.

The day is celebrated in hospitals throughout Australia and the world.