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Celebrating the contribution that nurses make to our lives
Nurses are part of the backbone to the medical system and amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, it is timely to celebrate International Nurses Day on May 12 [B]or the incredible job that they do.
Nurses are a critical part of a patient's health care journey by making critical decisions and coordinating care for a patient's well being. There were over 360,000 nurses and midwives registered in Australia in 2015. Of this total, over 305,000 were employed in nursing or midwifery, working an average of 33.5 hours per week. Among those employed, 9 in every 10 nurses and midwives were women; 2 in every 5 were aged 50 or over.
This important international event coincides with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth – arguably the world's most recognisable nurse.
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During the Crimean War, Florence and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform, and in 1860 she established St. Thomas' Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.
So be sure to reflect and remember the important and valuable role that nurses like Florence Nightingale forged and say thank you to all the nurses that make to our societies safe, well and cared for around the world.