International Nurses Day celebrated across EP

International Nurses Day was celebrated across the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network on Tuesday, in conjunction with nurses from across the nation and the world.

LHN chief executive officer Verity Paterson said as well as attending to normal duties, this year nurses were playing a vital role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and keeping communities safe.

"We would like to thank and acknowledge all of our nurses for their tireless work, dedication and support they provide to patients and residents in the community on a daily basis," said Ms Paterson.

Emma Collins moved to Ceduna two years ago and became the nurse manager at the local hospital.

She said moving from Adelaide, she discovered just how much regional and rural nurses do.

"The nurses are a jack of all trades...it's also really empowering because the nurses here blew me away with how much they did," she said.

Ms Collins organised a morning tea on Tuesday to celebrate her local team.

"It was really lovely, it was heartwarming to see everyone together, whether they had been nursing for one year or 50."

She said while she was not new to outbreaks, the coronavirus was something "we didn't understand".

"It was something we had never seen before," she said.

"I'm just really proud of our staff for how they've handled it."

Eyre Far North nursing and midwifery executive director Julie Marron said this year's 'Nursing the World to Health' theme was perfect as staff fought COVID-19.

"We have wonderful nurses across the Eyre and Far North who work across a range of clinical areas, including maternity, aged care, palliative care and renal, making a real difference to the care of patients, residents, their loved ones and carers," she said.

"I encourage the community to join with me in thanking our nurses for their professionalism, expertise and commitment to making a difference every day and maintaining high skills to deliver excellent care to our communities."

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