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June 2020

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(Back) Register nurse Piumi Bamunuarachchi Don, student nurse Jessica Manuel, clinical nurse specialists Sajitha Saji and Carmelida Alimpoos, Associate Nurse Unit Manager Sue Dossor, (front) RN Alexis DeLeon, CNS Aleks Dimitrieski and student nurse Danielle Hay.

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Northern Health congratulates its Northern Hospital nurses with a guard of honour.

Spotlight on nurses

Northern Health surprised nursing staff on International Nurses Day with a special guard of honour, symbolic gifts and live music performed by local musicians.

The celebrations took place at all sites, including Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre and Craigieburn Centre.

Former children’s ward music therapist student Georgia Pitts performed at both Northern Hospital and Craigieburn Centre, local musician Miia Leslie at Broadmeadows Hospital and Paula Martinez at Bundoora Centre.

‘It was great to welcome nursing staff coming in for their morning shift and let them know how special they are,’ said chief nursing and midwifery officer Debra Bourne.

Northern Health nurse Stephanie Gray has a special connection to Debra Bourne – Ms Bourne was the midwife who delivered Stephanie when she was born 24 years ago.

‘Our connection started in my country town, with Debra remembering my mum and the delivery,’ Ms Gray said.

‘I now work in the emergency department and the neonatal unit and I can say Debra is now my boss.’

Ms Gray has been a Northern nurse since 2016.

When she started her graduate year, Ms Bourne was there welcoming the graduates during orientation and noticed her.

‘It was an incredibly special moment to see her there,’ Ms Bourne said.

‘I am very proud of our nurses.

‘During COVID-19, this international nurses day is more important than ever – to recognise and celebrate everything nurses do for the community.

‘This pandemic has demonstrated that nurses have the ability to step up, step into areas they usually don’t work in and develop new models of care, while keeping the humanity of patient care.

‘Many of our nurses are undertaking additional training and education to provide the best possible care for our patients.’

2020 has been designated the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation (WHO).