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06 May 2020
Community support for our emergency-service workers has never been higher as we continue to come to grips with the upheaval caused by an international pandemic.
This underlines the relevance of a need this week to specifically celebrate our healthcare workers.
Yesterday marked the International Day of the Midwife and Tuesday next week is International Day of the Nurse, annually commemorated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the mother of nursing.
This year, 2020, also celebrates the World Health Organisation’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, marking 200 years since Nightingale’s birth.
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The irony that the world’s largest pandemic in modern times has swept the globe in the same year of a major milestone for our nurses and midwives has been hard to miss.
But it has highlighted the vital and selfless role that our frontline custodians play.
Wimmera Health Care Group Clinical Services director Maree Woodhouse, who trained as a nurse a few years ago, said 2020 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the work of these professions.
“International year of the Nurse and Midwife not only recognises the incredibly demanding and emotional role of nursing. It also provides the opportunity to advocate for the strengthening of midwives and the midwifery profession globally,” she said.
“Our nursing profession gets more publicity and deservedly so because there are so many aspects of care and many skillsets involved.
“Midwifery is one of those amazing skillsets and it’s much more than delivering babies.
“I sincerely thank all nurses and midwives working at Wimmera Health Group and throughout the region for their ongoing kind and respectful care of our Wimmera community.”
A double-page poster appears in today’s paper featuring a logo of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
As part of a small but meaningful gesture, people can place the page in the front window of their homes or display in some other way to thank our nurses and midwives.
The entire May 6, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!