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Hospice Nurses Shown Recognition

The Toowoomba Hospice will be celebrating International Year of the Nurse and Midwife with a ‘Big Thank You’ lunch this Friday, 14th February 2020.

Toowoomba Hospice Chairman, Mr Graham Barron OAM says, “Nurses come from all different ages and backgrounds, but are united in their efforts to help the Hospice’s vision ‘in providing quality palliative and respite care based on mutual respect, trust and individual needs.’

“We appreciate our Nurses very much and we are extremely grateful for their commitment to the Hospice. This is why we like to have get togethers throughout the year to show our appreciation.” said Mr Barron.

Nurses and Midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities.

The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. – That’s why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. (source from https://www.who.int/news room/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020 )

Toowoomba Hospice Director of Nursing, Mrs Eugenie Corbett said, “Nursing and Midwifery will be in the spotlight throughout 2020, which has been declared the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization.

In conjunction with this, the Nightingale Bicentenary Celebrations are also taking place globally this year. “At the Toowoomba Hospice we acknowledge that we cannot care for our patients without the dedicated, caring nurses, who are professionally trained in palliative care, and have a desire to work at the Hospice as ‘ministering angels’. They work quietly and  tirelessly on public holidays, weekends and nights. They provide holistic evidence-based care, but most importantly, they strive for a dignified end as they partner with families in their final journey”. said Mrs Corbett.

The Toowoomba Hospice also acknowledges the importance of future nurses, by providing a supportive mentoring role to USQ and Tafe Student Nurses, during their clinical placements at the Hospice. The nurses of the future keep us motivated.

The Toowoomba Hospice provides free Palliative care in partnership with the community for those with a terminal illness and is in O’Quinn Street. For more information on the Toowoomba Hospice or joining the Nursing team please call administration on 07 4659 8500 or email the Hospice on i[email protected]

Submitted by:
Mark Munro
Toowoomba Hospice

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