MORE than 1400 nurses from Bendigo Health and many more around the world will be recognised for their hard work this weekend.
Tomorrow is International Nurses Day, giving communities a chance to celebrate and reflect on the contributions made by nurses.
Bendigo Health chief nursing officer Peter Faulkner said nurses from all over the world formed an integral part of the health industry.
“Nurses provide the backbone of care,” he said.
“They are the staff who are at the patients bedside 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“They make great personal sacrifices to undergo their professional work.
“And International Nurses Day is a great opportunity to annually recognise that contribution.”
Mr Faulkner said the nursing staff at Bendigo Health were dedicated and passionate about providing the highest level of care.
“I think we are very fortunate and privileged to have such a dedicated group of staff,” he said.
“They work hard, they’re reliable, they are compassionate and caring individuals.
“We are always delighted when patients recognise the care the nurses provide for them.”
Clinical theatre manager Jenny Flett has worked at Bendigo Health for 20 years and said her role as a nurse was demanding.
“It is easy when you are enjoying yourself; there are lots of achievements to be had, but it can be challenging,” she said.
Ms Flett completed her nursing training at the Ballarat Base Hospital in 1981.
Since then she has worked at health services in Maryborough, Dunolly and Deniliquin.
Ms Flett said International Nurses Day was a way to acknowledge and appreciate the role of nurses worldwide.
“I think it is enough to be acknowledge just by appreciation,” she said.
“And anything else is just a bonus.”
Bendigo Health nurses will receive a lapel pin and chocolate frog in recognition of their work.