Erin Longbottom, Nursing Unit Manager, St. Vincent’s hospital: When there is a pandemic if we didn’t do what we do there would be nobody else to do it.

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: We’ve got more than 53,000 nurses and midwives in NSW Health.

We’re there 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Every day in NSW there’s more than 65,000 people who are cared for right across the spectrum of where we provide care, so that’s in our emergency departments, in-patient areas, and our communities as well.

Are you feeling better?  I’m right here for you, okay? Making sure you’re safe.

Nurses are superheroes in some ways, but we don’t see ourselves as that. We see ourselves as ordinary people, coming to do the best that we can, every single day.

Nurses, I suppose they’re almost the molecular glue that kind of gets that relationship happening between the patient and the nurse, and equally keeps the patient safe.

Alright, now, we’re going to stand up.

They monitor, they assess, they intervene.

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: We’re there because we really want to make a difference, and we’re there because we want to make that human connection.

Do we know what drug he took when he felt unwell?

I am proud to be a nurse because I think it’s a job that not many people can do, and I think nurses are special people. And I’m proud to say that and I’m honoured to be someone that can fit that criteria.

Mum said ‘why don’t you do nursing?’ and I kind of laughed and then I thought well, maybe I’ll start with nursing, and ever since I’ve learned so much more and there was more a depth of treating our patients. So ever since then I stuck with it and I’m pretty happy with where I am. So, it’s a good choice. Thanks Mum, yeah, thanks Mum.

Some of the patients I’ve looked after, they’ll be with me forever.

Looking after a 90 year old lady who was dying. It wasn’t a complex case. There were inotropes, there was nothing that interesting going on, and her husband in his suit jacket, sitting by her bed, saying to me, ‘Isn’t she beautiful? I’ve loved her since she was 16 years old’. It will always be with me.

There’s side sides to nursing. There’s the clinical side of nursing which is doing medications, that sort of stuff, but there is quite a person-centred side to nursing.

Being able to communicate with patients. Being able to have sympathy at difficult times for patients and their families.

You’re right. Just relax.

As nurses we are really quite privileged. We see people at their most vulnerable and they will share things with us that they may not have shared with other people, and it is our privilege, to use that to work with people.

I tell everybody I’m a nurse.

It’s fantastic.

I’m proud to be a nurse because it’s a really important thing to make sure people are safe.

If I can make them a little bit of a smile, and take a little worry away from them, that’s all I want, and then I feel like I’ve done a good job today.

The best part about it is when you help someone. Someone comes in crook and then they go back and they’re feeling 10 out of 10, you feel good, because I helped them become this, and that’s the best part about it.

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: I want to say a really big heart felt thank you.

We started off this year looking at a year of celebration for our nurses and we’ve been thrown a curveball.

I know that it’s challenging for us all out there at the moment, and it doesn’t really feel like a time to celebrate. But what I’d ask you all to do is just take some time for yourselves.

What I’ve seen is us band together, and that’s the great thing about nurses. We’re there to support each other and we’re a community and we’re a family.

And if I can make a difference in one person’s life today then I will go home a happy person.

I think the nurses have a great impact on my life because they make a hospital seem like a family.

They care so much.

When people give you that thank you it makes it worthwhile.

I had someone hug me on the street once.

I’ve been a nurse for seven years.

For 44 years.

Be looking over 10 years.

I’ve been a nurse for about four weeks now. As a new grad.

And I’ve never looked back.

I’ve been a nurse for five years now. Wow! That went quick.

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: There are lots of reasons why I’m proud of the nurses of NSW.

 I’m proud because they are professional. I’m proud because they are motivated in what they do. I’m proud because they want to make a difference and I’m proud because they step up to the challenge. We’ve seen that and that’s why I’m proud.

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