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The San celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The San is celebrating the invaluable contribution of its 1,195 nursing staff for the World Heath Organisations International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Over 1055 female and 140 male nurses work across the San and San Day Surgery Hornsby and this year will be recognised alongside 20 million nurses globally for the critical role they play in providing healthcare.

Recognising the special role San nurses play in caring for over 126,000 patients, in a video interview highlighting her passion for Nursing, the San’s Nursing and Operations Executive and former nurse Clare Lumley expressed her recognition that simple tasks done well added up to good quality care.

“That kind word, or taking the time to speak to someone, the gentle holding of a hand, or making sure a patient has been to the shower that day and feels good about themselves are the actual key things that are important to people” says Clare.

“I’m incredibly proud of the feedback we receive from patients about the excellence in nursing care they experience here at the San.

Leading over 91 San midwives in the San’s Maternity and Birthing Unit, manager Annie Marshall says the role a midwife plays in supporting a woman during pregnancy and birth is unique and influenced her own decision to train as a midwife over 30 years ago.

“After having my own first baby I thought it was such an amazing experience and I wanted to be a part of that for other women.

“It is a privilege and the most rewarding career in the world. I just love it.”

San Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr John Keogh says the collaboration and teamwork between San midwives is something he cherishes.

“Our midwives are dedicated, skilled and committed to their calling” says Dr Keogh
“There is a strong spirit of cooperation.

They work really hard and I have great trust and confidence in them.”

While celebrating their work, the World Health Organisation’s International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife notes the expected worldwide shortfall of 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030 highlighting their often challenging conditions, and the need for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

This shortfall is being addressed in part locally through the courses offered by the San’s registered training organisation the San College of Education, and the Avondale University College Faculty of Nursing and Health offering graduate, post-graduate and nurse refresher courses.

Having initially trained as a nurse before moving into executive administration the San’s and Adventist Health Care Chief Executive Officer Brett Goods, is a passionate advocate for nursing and nurses.

“Our nurses and midwives can be there when a baby takes their first breath, or when a patient takes their last, and often in between when people are in their most vulnerable moments of life when ill.

Nurses and midwives across the world are paramount to delivering healthcare and compassion and we here at Adventist HealthCare are very lucky and thankful to have some of the best professionals who provide quality and excellence in all their interactions with the community.

I want to say thank you to all our nurses and midwives for their invaluable work.

Our celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and the midwife is a chance to do that.”



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