12 May 2022
In celebrating this year’s theme, A voice to lead: Invest in nursing and respect the right to secure global health, Nurse Practitioner and President of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Leanne Boase recalls her own experiences within the profession.
‘I think nurses are natural leaders, we’re the strongest of patient advocates, we’re experienced and knowledgeable with most of us having worked across various health sectors. We have that unique perspective of both the healthcare provider and the patient’s perspective,’ Ms Boase said.
‘Our critical thinking skills, decision making abilities and our ability to take a large amount of information, synthesize it and use it to rapidly inform decisions under pressure is why I believe nurses are the ideal and most natural born leaders in healthcare.’
‘Within a few years of becoming a registered nurse, I moved to a rural area and I loved the opportunities it presented to broaden my scope of practice and really develop as a nurse. It was here that I decided to pursue the nurse practitioner pathway and I haven’t looked back since. I’m really proud to be a nurse and I’m proud to share International Nurses Day with you all,’ she added
Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey AM and NMBA Chair said: ‘The Board would like to acknowledge the strength and impact that our nurses have had on healthcare over these past few years.’
‘Their innate ability to step forward and put public health and safety first is a testament to their profession. We thank all our nurses today for all of their hard work and leadership during a time of uncertainty.’
Midwives are reminded they can access free, independent and anonymous health support anytime from Nurse & Midwife Support on 1800 667 877 or at www.nmsupport.org.au