May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, is International Nurses Day. This year is especially significant given it is also marks the first centenary of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War. New Zealand nurses responded to the call to act at that time and now, 100 years later, we are still celebrating the contribution that they, and other nurses throughout the generations, continue to have on our health system today.
Nurses, as the single largest profession in the health workforce, are well positioned to drive efficiency and effectiveness improvements while providing quality care and attaining optimal patient and population outcomes.
MidCentral District Health Board values the contribution and commitment nurses bring to our patients, clients and whanau within our health system. There are so many ways that different innovations have changed the way healthcare provided.
Every day there areamazing stories of the work nurses in our district do. This year MCH celebrated Tracey McNeur as our region’s Nursing Hero. She was recognised as a truly inspiring primary health care nurse who selflessly goes ‘above and beyond’ to ‘be the change she wants to see’. She is just one of many nurses and midwives who work tirelessly in our community and hospital. MCH looks forward to further innovations in the provision of care which will make a difference by working towards improved quality, safety and experience of care, improved health and equity for all populations and best value for public health system resources.
We salute all nurses.