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Celebrating and commemorating nurses

RCNA staff and ACT nurses gathered at the Australian War Memorial on 7 May to remember the Australian service nurses who lost their lives.

ACT ceremony commemorates Australian service nurses

RCNA staff and ACT nurses gathered at the Australian War Memorial on 7 May to remember the Australian service nurses who lost their lives serving during war, as well as to acknowledge our “courageous, competent, caring and crucial” service nurses today.

We were reminded that while our thoughts of service nurses often turn to nursing heroes of the past, the challenges of service nursing are just as real today, as war nurses continue to face hardship, battle challenging conditions excruciatingly long work hours in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, and during peace operations such as in East Timor.

The addresses were delivered by ACT Chief Nurse Veronica Croome and Director of Defence Force Nursing, Margaret Hine MRCNA. RCNA’s Kathleen McLaughlin FRCNA was one of a number of nurses to lay a wreath in honour of our past and present service nurses.

NT nurses unveil a new history exhibition on International Nurses Day

The Northern Territory Nursing Museum at Charles Darwin University celebrated International Nurses Day with over 50 guests and the opening of a new exhibition: From Nightingale to Osburn and Territory pioneers.

Professor Charles Webb outlined the history of nursing at the university from 1983 with post-registration nursing, pre-registration from 1987, TAFE nursing from 1996 and midwifery from 2001.

Jaci O’Brien, a nurse and Nursing Museum volunteer, spoke about the new exhibition, which was officially opened by The NT Health Minister, The Hon. Kon Vatskalis.

From Nightingale to Osburn and Territory pioneers draws the connecting thread from Florence Nightingale to the Australian experience, from the first ‘Nightingales’ reforming Sydney Hospital, led by Lucy Osburn, to our own Territory pioneering nurses serving in remote Australia.

ACT/Southern NSW Chapter welcomes new graduates to nursing

RCNA’s ACT/Southern NSW Chapter held an International Nurses Day event in Canberra, to welcome new graduate nurses to the profession. New graduates from a number of Canberra’s hospitals and health facilities mingled with key nurses from the ACT sharing the day with the commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. ACT’s Chief Nurse Veronica Croome provided some trivia questions about Florence Nightingale to the newly graduated nurses with a number successfully winning a book prize.

The ACT/Southern NSW Chapter committee would like to give a special mention to the venue Sub-Urban for their support of the event and constant supply of delicious food throughout the evening.

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