ANF celebrates International Nurses Day 2013

Thursday 9th May, 2013

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) says International Nurses Day 2013 this Sunday will allow the community to recognise the dedication and commitment of the hard-working nurses who continue to deliver quality care throughout the country’s health and aged care sectors.

According to the ANF, the day also highlights Australia’s growing shortage of highly-trained nurses and midwives across the country, which is predicted to hit 109,000 by 2025.

“The ANF is urging everyone to celebrate International Nurses Day 2013,” ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said today.

“This special day gives the whole community the chance to acknowledge and celebrate the crucial work nurses perform in delivering quality care across Australia’s health and aged care sectors, each day and each night.

“As Australia’s largest health union, the day also allows the ANF to continue to highlight the urgent need for more nurses and midwives. For example, in aged care alone, there is a current shortfall of 20,000 nurses to meet the growing demand of Australia’s ageing population.

“In the lead-up to the federal election in September, the ANF is calling on the Government, Opposition and key Independents to work together to find solutions to the nursing crisis by funding a range of strategies which will ensure employment of graduate nurses and midwives and also importantly deliver the ongoing promotion of safe patient care.”

Ms Thomas said nurses across Australia will join their nursing colleagues from around the world to celebrate International Nurses Day on Sunday at special morning teas, lunches and other events at workplaces across the country.

It follows last week’s International Day of Midwives 2013, which celebrated the vital role that midwives carry out in the health of Mothers and their children.

The ANF with over 225,000 members is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

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