A message from the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer
Every year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, International Nurses Day is celebrated globally. International Nurses Day provides a chance to pause and reflect on the remarkable role nurses play in advancing the health and well-being of our society.
The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day, selected by the International Council of Nurses (ICN), is Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health is a Human Right.
We would all agree that everyone has the right to access to affordable and quality care at the time when they most need it. The theme for this year builds last year’s theme by now focusing on issues of access and the impact of access on health outcomes. There are many examples of where we contribute and influence this ICN objective and where we can improve. Creating culturally safe and appropriate services for every person is one such area.
Access to healthcare also includes the importance of delivering safe, quality care. Nurses are leading and contributing to the safety and quality improvements being undertaken across the state as we strive to meet the Safer Care Victoria mission of Outstanding Healthcare for all Victorians, Always. Providing safe, high-quality care is one only one element. Nurses play a key role in ensuring care is person-centred and truly puts the person at the centre of health care. This is the heart of the nursing profession.
Today we celebrate the work of our nurses, to ensure Victorians receive high-quality and safe care. I am privileged to be in this role and proud to be a one of the more than 100,00 Victorian nurses . I thank you for your efforts every day.
To all nursing students, enrolled nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse managers, educators and leaders – thank you for the work that you do. Happy International Nurses Day.
Ann Maree Keenan