Nurse Louise Graves checks up on patient June Potter at Tweed District Hospital during International Nurses Day.
Nurse Louise Graves checks up on patient June Potter at Tweed District Hospital during International Nurses Day.

Just desserts for our nurses



IT was sweet treats all round for the deserving nurses at The Tweed Hospital yesterday.

The bakers at Tweed Bowls Club donated their expertise to supply the nurses at the hospital with morning and afternoon teas to remember.

It was all for International Nurses Day, and the club also supplied gift vouchers to some lucky nurses for meals at the Blue Room Restaurant and the Sails Restaurant.

International Nurses Day is held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birthday and seeks to highlight the important role nurses fill in every community around the world.

There are 3700 registered and enrolled nurses working in the North Coast Area Health Service.

Tweed Hospital acting Director of Nursing Denise Harris said yesterday that nursing was a very different job, with new technology and different work practices.

"We have a lot of nurses who work part-time because they have families or they are looking after elderly parents," she said.

And there is always the issue of the worldwide shortage of nurses.

"There are some ethical issues around recruiting nurses from overseas because they have a shortage of staff as well," she said.

Ms Harris said the hospital combats this shortage with different programs such as having trainee enrolled nurses who spend their time between the hospital and TAFE.

Other programs aim to support new nursing graduates to make sure they continue in nursing.

Now there are programs for first and second-year graduates to whet their appetites in specialty areas such as theatre and intensive care.



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