12 May 2023
This International Nurses Day the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) thanks nurse practitioners, registered nurses and enrolled nurses and acknowledges the progression of the profession over these past few years to overcome global health challenges.
For this year’s celebration, the campaign of Our Nurses. Our Future. focuses on lessons learned from the pandemic and translating this into actions for the future. We also celebrate the future of the profession with a focus on student nurses who are progressing through their nursing education journey and who need support to ensure the future of the profession is safe in their hands.
NMBA Chair Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey AM acknowledges the strength and ingenuity of nurses to overcome and learn from these obstacles and commemorates this day with all nurses. ‘Happy International Nurses Day from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and thank you to nurses and nurses of the future for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of our public.’
‘This day is a day to honor the incredible work of our front-line workers and shine a light on the bright future ahead for the profession’.
‘It’s also a day where all nurses take time to reflect, celebrate and acknowledge their colleagues, so thank you for all that you do every day to support the communities we serve’.
To celebrate the future generation of nurses we spoke to a number of nursing students to see what made them want to study nursing. Third year, Bachelor of Nursing student, Prabhjot Kaur spoke about why she wants to be a nurse, ‘I believe nursing and me are a perfect fit because it gives me an opportunity to really connect with people, I can celebrate with them when they get good news and console them during the hardest times of their lives. That human element and making small differences day by day and actually helping people is really connected to who I am, who I want to be and the nursing profession.’
Kate Simpson, Bachelor of Nursing student is proud to be undertaking one of the most trusted professions. ‘I’m proud of the hard work, long hours, care and love that nurses represent and I can’t wait to join the community.’
‘I’m very much looking forward to my first day as a qualified nurse’, she said.