Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Pays Tribute to “Nightingale” Nurses at the
International Nurses Day Breakfast - Prince of Wales Hospital

Time: 7:15am – 8:30am
Date: Friday 15 May 2009
Venue: Function Room in the historic Edmund Blacket Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker Street, Randwick NSW

On Friday 15 May, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation (POWHF) will celebrate International Nurses Day by paying tribute to the night duty nurses and overall excellence in healthcare in nursing practice at Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH).

The birthday of Florence Nightingale (known as “the lady with the lamp” and the founder of modern nursing) marks a global celebration that pays tribute to the outstanding professional qualities and dedication of nurses and their remarkable contribution to healthcare and the personal and social well-being of our community.

POWHF will host a celebratory breakfast to acknowledge the dedication and specialised care provided by the night duty nursing staff at the Hospital, with special guests including Paul Pearce MP, Ms. Sandi Chick on behalf of Peter Garrett MP, Tom O’Callaghan POWHF Chairman, Tina Clark POWHF Director and patient, and Roy Billing, star of Underbelly.

Roy Billing paid tribute to the Hospital’s night duty nursing staff saying, “At some point in our life, we are all reliant on the expertise and dedication of nurses to give us more than the specialised care the profession embodies, but also the compassion that helps us through, often when we feel most alone - in the dead of night and the wee small hours of the morning.”

“I can’t imagine where we would be without these amazing men and women who give so much of themselves to others,” Billing said.

Robyn Little RN, one of the Hospital’s senior after hours nurses, commenced her career in 1967 at Prince Henry Hospital and for the past eight years has worked at POWH in after hours management on a rotational roster of afternoon, evening and night duty shifts.

“Working night Duty is so different from other shifts,” said Ms Little.

“The hours we work can be as busy as the day time hours as our doors are never closed. While our focus remains on clinical care, much of our work is dedicated to providing that extra care that the night nurses give to the vulnerable ill and injured patients, which gives us a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction. The rewards for us are enormous,” she said.

Leanne Zalapa, Chief Executive Officer POWHF who has spent much of her working life in the nursing profession, praised the high standard of care provided by the nurses at POWH.

“In dealing with the challenges associated with working in healthcare, a life of shiftwork and ongoing education as techniques and technologies are developed, nursing is more than a job, it is a highly specialised, respected profession that demands commitment to medical excellence coupled with humanity and compassion,” said Zalapa.

“The week of International Nurses Day provides us all with the opportunity to thank those who dedicate their life’s work to healthcare for the community and it is a tremendous honour to host this celebration for the Hospital’s night duty nursing staff,” she said.

The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation International Nurses Day Breakfast is proudly sponsored by: Buzy Bakehouse, Roberts Coffee Cart, Woolworths (Randwick), Amazing Soaps and Roses Only.

ENDS

Interview and photo opportunities include:

• POWH nursing staff
• Paul Pearce MP
• Ms. Sandi Chick on behalf of Peter Garrett MP
• Tom O’Callaghan POWHF Chairman
• Ms. Tina Clark POWHF Director and patient
• Ms. Leanne Zalapa – CEO POWHF
• Roy Billing, star of Underbelly.

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