Minister Visits St. Vincent’s Hospital To Celebrate Victoria’s Nurses

Minister Visits St. Vincent’s Hospital To Celebrate Victoria’s Nurses

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

Honouring Victoria’s Dedicated Nurses And Midwives

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Health David Davis today paid tribute to the more than 90,000 nurses and midwives who work or have worked in health services and aged care facilities in Victoria.

To mark International Nurses Day and the International Day of the Midwife, Mr. Davis visited St Vincent’s Hospital where he shared breakfast with nurses and thanked them for their ongoing care and professionalism.

“International Nurses Day is a chance to celebrate nursing and the nursing profession’s contribution to the health and wellbeing of Victorians. The theme for 2011 is ‘Closing the gap: increasing access and equity’.” Mr. Davis said.

“The nursing care people receive may contribute positively to a person’s life expectancy or to the quality of life they experience.”

 

“The nursing profession is central to the services provided in hospitals large and small, residential aged care facilities, medical clinics, schools, maternity services, councils, hospices and universities.”

“Many provide services in people’s homes or in the community and they can be part of a large complex team or the only health care provider for a country mile.”

More than 2,000 nurses work at St. Vincent’s Hospital which has a large intake of nursing and midwifery graduates nearly 120 nurses each year.”

Mr. Davis said although two thirds of the nurses and midwives work in the many public health services in the metropolitan area of Melbourne, those who provide care in rural services are also part of the vital health care system.

“Nursing and midwifery careers have always appealed to those who like variety and flexibility in their work and over 60 % of our nurses and midwives work part-time in our public services.” Mr. Davis said.

“Lifelong learning is a professional expectation of health professionals and one that nurses and midwives embrace.”

“A third of our nurses and midwives have completed a formal postgraduate qualification in specialised areas of practice like critical care, palliative care and mental health nursing.”

“Each year over 2,000 new graduate registered nurses and registered midwives begin their careers here in Victoria, with the majority choosing to make the transition from student to professional in our public health services.” Mr. Davis said.