International Nurses Day

  • We will be celebrating International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12th May 2009, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birthday. The global theme of this year's celebration is 'Nurses Leading Care Innovations'.

    To showcase the wonderful work, knowledge and skills of our nurses at The RCH, we will hold a 'Nursing Expo' (PDF). Nurses at The RCH are continually engaged in professional development and innovative practices. This event is a great opportunity to share knowledge and improve patient care outcomes. The Expo will be on all day in the Ella Latham Meeting Room.  All staff are welcome to attend.

    We will be holding an awards ceremony on the day to recognise and acknowledge the winners of the three RCH Nursing Awards for 2009.

    This year we are very excited to announce the inaugural Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship. The award is a $50,000 scholarship that will offer an outstanding nurse to further develop their career through study and spending time abroad, exploring new ways of developing practice.

    Auxiliaries raised funds for this award through a Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Annual Luncheon. This is a wonderful recognition of nursing at The RCH.

    The 2009 RCH Nursing Awards are:

    1.   The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship  (PDF, 50kb) - nominated by nurses and members of the healthcare team
    2.   Advancing the Profession of Nursing  (PDF, 50kb)- nominated by nurses and members of the healthcare team
    3.  Advocacy & Leadership in Family Centred Care

    The award ceremony will commence in the Ella Latham Theatre at 1.45pm with the Post Graduate Awards and concludes with the announcement of the prestigious nursing awards.  Afternoon tea will be served as part of these proceedings. 

    We encourage as many of our nurses and other staff to attend these awards as they provide a great opportunity to recognise the nursing excellence at the RCH and to celebrate individual and team dedication and achievement.

    Also on the day as a thank you for the immense contribution you make to our hospital, we will be serving breakfast for our nurses in the Ella Latham foyer between 7.00am and 9.00am, and morning tea will be provided between 10.00am and 12.00pm, so please come and join us.


    Jenni Jarvis
    Executive Director of Nursing Services
    Phone + 61 3 93454475
    Fax     + 61 3 93457040