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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer’s Message to NSW Health Nurses

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: International Nurses Day is a really wonderful way to celebrate and think about the way that we've connected with people over the previous 12 months. You'd be really challenged to find somebody who hasn't been touched or had the impact of nursing care for themselves or for one of their loved ones.

I don't think we can underestimate the reach that we have and the ability that we have to connect with other human beings. This is across the state, we make a huge difference to patients and their families.

It's not just on International Nurses Day, it's every single day of the year. We're at the front line and we're in very diverse settings and we interact with people in all sorts of different ways. I think we actually underestimate the huge power that we have to provide care and compassion to other people. And often these little small things and we might do for someone, the support that we provide, that kind of word, the touch of a hand and that human connection that we have when we deliver care.

It's really important for nurses to celebrate International Nurses Day because it provides us with an opportunity to stand still, take a breath and reflect on the year that's been and really think about the remarkable contribution that we've made as nurses to the well-being of not only of the patients and families that we care for, our communities and each other, in a way that we actually come together to deliver care.

My message to nurses this year is firstly to say thank you for the huge contribution that they make each and every day. My other message is actually to take time, as I said, to reflect on the fantastic job that you do and the difference that you make to people and I'll also ask you all to take a deep breath have a look around and think about some of the people that you've worked with who have made a real difference.

So wishing all the nurses of NSW a fabulous 2019 International Nurses Day.

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What nursing means to nurses across NSW Health

Nursing to me is the responsibility and privilege of caring for you.

Nursing to me is about working with an inspiring team to help support and empower our community.

The good days are so rewarding and I also love looking after people when they're in their most vulnerable state.

I get to make a difference in somebody's life everyday.

Being an advocate

Providing holistic care to my patients. To me nursing is about passion.

To me, nursing is about passion. I'm constantly inspired by the next generation of nurses, caring, dedicated and always trying to improve the way we deliver care.

To me nursing is sacrificing that small bit of yourself for the better of others.

I enjoy helping people and seeing them recover and go home.

Seeing my patients, see them doing well and getting a real sense of satisfaction because of that.

What's better than going home and knowing you've helped make a difference?

I get to work with a brilliant team of other nurses who are kind and smart.

Nursing is about being empathetic and non-judgmental.

Nursing is about the moments we have with patients.

I love talking to patients, I love talking to doctors and I love making it all work and having smiles at the end of the day.

Being a voice for people in my community when they are at their most vulnerable.

Nursing means working as a team with my fellow nurses, doctors and allied health.

What I love about nursing is the teamwork that we all practice together.

Creating a culture where there's opportunities to celebrate successful outcomes.

I like the diversity and opportunities that nursing offers for all our staff.

Nursing is really one of the most rewarding and meaningful professions around.

To me nursing is the glue that holds the patient's healthcare journey together.

Nursing to me is about kindness and compassion.

It's about putting the patient first and meeting their needs.

The patient, that's who we are here for.

Being open to innovation, respecting difference, nurturing my team and allowing them to flourish.

Nursing is being agent for clinical change.

Getting to know them and their needs and the needs of their families.

Striving for the best possible outcome for our consumers.

I'm proud to be a nurse.

Yep, just love it.

It's probably one of the greatest gifts you can ever get and I just love being a nurse.

They inspire me everyday.

I love it here.

I love being a nurse.

The most important thing for me is loving what I do every single day.

Happy International Nurses Day!

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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer’s Message to NSW Health Midwives

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: The fifth of May is International Day of the Midwife and it's a really special day for midwives all around the state stop and think about the huge contribution that they make to women babies and their families.

Midwives are a really unique position and I think they get to share some really joyous times with women and families. They can make a real difference to the experience of birth and to the way that a family comes together.

So wishing all of the midwives in New South Wales a very happy International Day of the Midwife.

This is a great opportunity for you all to take a deep breath and think about the contribution that you've made to women and their families over the last 12 months. Personally I'd like to say a thank you to you all for your hard work and your dedication and I wish you a really lovely day.

Happy International Day of the Midwives!

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What midwifery means to midwives across NSW Health

Midwifery to me is about guiding women through a very special journey in their lifetime - pregnancy.

Being an amazing midwife is being dedicated and passionate and believing in what we do.

I love being a midwife in this community...

...because we get to be with women for their entire journey, we get to see them become little families and we get to be there for such an important part of their life.

I love seeing new life and the happiness that brings to new families.

I simply love the continity of care.

I really enjoy being a midwife.

It's a privilege to look after women in their motherhood journey.

Working closely with the woman and her partner and the family unit.

I love midwifery because I get the opportunity to work with women every day, bringing new life into the world and empowering women to reach their birth expectations.

Being a midwife is about supporting women while they grow their families.

It means being with you for some of your best moments and also for when you're feeling vulnerable, we're also there with you.

To me, midwifery is providing culturally appropriate and holistic care for Aboriginal women and their families.

I love working with the Aboriginal community and it's a privilege to work with the mums having their babies.

It gives me great joy to coordinate that care on a daily basis.

I love this job. I love being a midwife.

I love my job and I'm proud to say I'm a midwife.

That's why I love midwifery.

It's just a great job. It's great, love it.

I love midwifery, it's the best job in the world.

Happy International Day of the Midwives!

Happy International Day of the Midwives!

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National Nurse Practitioners Day


Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer: Today, the 12th of December is National Nurse Practitioner Day. Nurse practitioners are right at the centre of patient care. A day in the life of a nurse practitioner, hugely varied. We've got them right across the state, in our rural and regional areas as well as in our acute emergency departments and everywhere else in between. They're uniquely place because they provide that holistic nursing care as well as expert clinical care to their patients. My message to all of the nurse practitioners this day, today, is a big THANK YOU. You're doing a fabulous job and most importantly you're making a real difference to our patients, their families and our communities.

Overlay: We heard from some of NSW Health's Nurse Practitioners about their roles

Danielle, Nurse Practitioner, Paediatric Emergency: A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed a Master of Nurse Practitioner.

Anthony, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency: One of the other criteria to become endorsed is to have 5000 hours of advanced practice nursing.

Rachel, Nurse Practitioner, Aged Care: We're trained to a higher level because we have more responsibility in terms of our diagnostic capability, assessment and prescribing as well.

Overlay: Tell us more about your work

Rachel: Nurse practitioners are very autonomous in their practice but each nurse practitioner is very individual in their practice and their role and their skill practice is determined by where they work.

Anthony: The model care that I do working is fast track and I actually lead that model of care within our department.

Danielle: As nurse practitioners obviously we work in the clinical arena but there's a lot of work done behind the scenes, so nurse practitioners are involved in a lot of quality projects or implementation of change. We're also involved in education.

Anthony: We are seen as leaders within the field.

Danielle: And I work in collaboration with other nurses with physiotherapists and my medical colleagues to deliver good quality patient care.

Overlay: What are the benefits for patients?

Rachel: You get all the benefits of seeing a nurse.

Anthony: We have the ability to navigate the system quite quickly and efficiently.

Rachel: The patient has that faith that their condition is going to be managed appropriately with that extra level of nursing care and skill.

Danielle: I pride myself in the compassion that I show my patients.

Rachel: It's a lovely thing to be a nurse practitioner because I'm a one-stop shop for my patients, so they don't have to go anywhere else, they see me.

Danielle: Today is Nurse Practitioners Day.

Anthony: I would like to congratulate all the nurse practitioners, the transitional nurse practitioners.

Rachel: For all the fantastic work that they do for their patients across NSW.

Jacqui Cross: Happy National Nurse Practitioner Day!


Overlay: To all Nurse Practitioners across NSW Health. We thank you!

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Page Updated: Thursday 12 December 2019
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