Today marks International Nurses Day, a time to honour the invaluable work being done by members of the nursing profession.

The special event is celebrated around the world on May 12 every year, the date Florence Nightingale was born.

Regarded as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing British nurse, statistician, social reformer and leader of improved health care.

She was also known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ because of her nightly practice of checking on sick soldiers with a light, especially during the Crimean War.

This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health.

“Narrabri has a wonderful and dedicated team,” said Suellen Stove, Narrabri District Health Service’s acting health service manager.

“They strive to give the best care to our patients.

“They work as a team to ensure optimal care delivery.”

On May 5, the Narrabri Health District Service also celebrated the International Day of the Midwife, recognising their work and contribution to maternal and newborn health and wellbeing.

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