Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Andrea Nagle (second from left) with senior nursing staff, from left, Anthony Wilson, Brett Mendezona, Daniel Aldons, Donna Luck, Erin Frost and Jill Richardson
(Photo: DDHHS)

May 12, 2020

Darling Downs Health has taken the opportunity of International Nurses Day (May 12) to highlight the importance of nurses and midwives, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Darling Downs Health Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Ms Andrea Nagle said the celebration of International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and International Nurses Day held even further significance in 2020, as it was also the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

“We started this year with a calendar packed with events, including international guest speakers,” Ms Nagle said.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has paused these planned celebrations, it has also shone a spotlight on the nursing and midwifery professions.

“Nurses and midwives make up the largest part of our workforce.

“Our nurses and midwives are at the forefront of this pandemic, and are adapting as the situation changes and evolves to consistently provide patient-centred care.

“Throughout this pandemic our midwives are leading and providing strong support to women in their antenatal care, birthing and post-natal care – they have demonstrated, mobilised and united.

“Our nurses across all of our facilities are playing their part in nursing the world to health by caring for our Darling Downs Health communities.

“Although our celebrations have been suspended for the moment, we will celebrate when we can.”

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