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Nurses celebrate this year’s achievements

Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

The awardees from yesterday’s International Nurses Day celebrations; (from left) Jayne Langran, Luke Gunter, representative for the Surgical Team, Bonnie Tavian, Sandra Potter and Sandra Alderson. PICTURE: Emily Roberts The awardees from yesterday’s International Nurses Day celebrations; (from left) Jayne Langran, Luke Gunter, representative for the Surgical Team, Bonnie Tavian, Sandra Potter and Sandra Alderson. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Local nurses celebrated International Nurses Day yesterday with a luncheon and award ceremony.

Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton, said International Nurses Day was celebrated as a day for honouring all nursing staff.

Ms Sutton said it was an important time to offer thanks to all nurses.

“Especially on this day - the anniversary of the birth of famed nurse Florence Nightingale - we highlight their contributions to delivering care to our patients across the district,” she said.

The district has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting four individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2014.

The awards included Far West Local Health District Nurse of the Year, Assistant in Nursing of the Year, Enrolled Nurse of the Year, Registered Nurse of the Year; Team of the Year and New Graduate Nurse of the Year.

Nurse of the Year was awarded to Jayne Langran, Enrolled Nurse of the Year was given to Sandra Alderson, New Nurse Graduate of the Year is Luke Gunter, Sandra Potter was awarded Assistant in Nursing of the Year.

The Nursing Team of the Year is the Surgical Unit.

“There were lots of nominations for the awards,” Ms Sutton said.

“People were nominated multiple times. A lot of the work force was nominated at least once.”

Ms Sutton said it was a hard job for the independent panel to select the awards.

“It was a very hard choice for them, but it is great to be able to recognise our nurses for all the hard work they do,” she said.

“All the nurses are fantastic and I would like to congratulate them all.”

The theme for IND 2014 is ‘Nurses: a Force for Change - a vital resource for health’.

Nurses celebrated International Nurses Day at Broken Hill Health Service with a lunch time barbecue.

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