Health services across the state are coming together to honour the crucial work of nurses and midwives.
A new campaign, dubbed ‘Healing Hearts’, will help to mark International Day of the Midwife today (Tuesday 5 May), as well as International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12 May.
There are more than 50,000 nurses and midwives in NSW Health’s hospitals and services, who aim to provide safe and quality care for all their patients.
Hunter New England Health’s Executive Director of Clinical Services Nursing and Midwifery, Elizabeth Grist, said it was important to recognise their valuable contribution.
“Hunter New England Health is grateful for every midwife and nurse working across our district – all 9,160 of them – and I thank each and every one for the wonderful, truly personal work they do each day caring for our patients and their families,” Ms Grist said.
“Our nurses and midwives represent more than half our entire workforce, so I am pleased days like this recognise the enormous contribution they each make within our communities.”
In a bid to support this important initiative, blue and purple hearts, representing the colours of nursing and midwifery, will pop up in hospitals and health services throughout Hunter New England Local Health District, in the form of stickers, posters and postcards.
Staff and the community are encouraged to post pictures of themselves wearing the stickers on social media, using the hashtags #everyperson and #exceptionalcare.
The Healing Heart postcards provide a way to recognise and thank nurses and midwives for their unique contribution.
The NSW Government committed $2.8 billion in the 2019/20 Budget to recruit a total of 8,300 frontline health staff over the next four years, including 5,000 nurses and midwives.
For more information, go to NSW Health’s dedicated Nursing and Midwifery webpage.