E-book celebrates vital work of nurses

Thursday, 21 September, 2017

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A new e-book recognising the contribution nurses make to our community has been launched this week in conjunction with ‘Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week’.

Whether it’s helping newly arrived refugees navigate the Australian healthcare system, ensuring prisoners in correctional facilities maintain good health or providing end-of-life palliative care, Community and Primary Health Care Nurses are the backbone of the Australian healthcare system.

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week recognises and celebrates the impactful work of nurses in the community. Running from 18–24 September, the theme for 2017 is ‘Nurses Where You Need Them’.

As part of the annual celebration, the Australian College of Nursing is unveiling the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week eBook, documenting stories from and about community and primary healthcare nurses and why their nursing work is so vital to the health and wellbeing of our society.

In addition, community and primary healthcare nurses from around the country are donning orange and hosting their own celebrations to honour the week.

Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN said: “The Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week campaign is a wonderful opportunity to not only acknowledge and celebrate, but also thank the remarkable men and women who work tirelessly to maintain the health of our communities.”

“Community and primary healthcare nurses make up a huge component of the nursing workforce — they are enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work in hospital-affiliated clinics, community health centres, homes, schools, prisons, maternal and child health centres and a range of other health service settings including nurse entrepreneurs.”

Image credit: ©Australian College of Nursing

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