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International Nurses Day

Monday, 15 May 2017

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Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, 12th May. It is a day to celebrate the role nurses play in the care of their communities.

In recognition of this, ECU South West Campus held its own celebrations in front of Building 2 – the Bunbury Institute of Advanced Learning (1986), which was a most appropriate location. Apart from being the centre for the Nursing Faculty, it is also the building which at least some of the current nursing academic staff attended as students themselves.

During the morning over 100 students and staff enjoyed a delicious “International Nurses Day” cake, hot ‘homemade-style’ sausage rolls and other delectable morning tea treats. Additionally the guild was on hand with Tulip Bulbs in advance of Mother’s Day.

A number of competitions and events ran throughout the morning, however I cannot attribute to the seriousness of these events. At least one staff member managed to empty her entire bed pan in somewhat dubious fashion during the Bedpan relay and some of the bandaged competitors resembled mummies rather than patients.

For the record the events and their winners were;

  • Bed Pan Relay:   Sarah, Hannah and Teresa
  • Team Bandaging Competition:   Teresa, Jacquie and Katherine
  • Match the Baby to the Academic:   Glenys and Troy (tied)
  • Paper 'Florence Nightingale' Hat Making:   Carol
  • Weigh the Baby Contest:   Troy (he does have 4 children)

By the end of the event everyone had a heap of fun and plenty of laughs. Huge thanks go to Jenny Wrightson and her team of fellow nursing staff, ECU South West’s Activities office, Dianne Webster from the Student Guild and all staff and students who attended and made this such a successful event.

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