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Nursing contribution honoured

May 10, 2013

Nursing contribution honoured Executive Director Surgical and Inpatient Services and Chief Nurse Officer, Jenni Bliss presents to staff on the history of nursing at the Eye and Ear


The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital marked International Nurses Day and a century and a half of nursing excellence with a morning tea last week, in recognition of the hospital's dedicated nursing staff.

International Nurses Day, Sunday 12 May, is celebrated each year to acknowledge the birth of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale in 1810. The event is an opportunity to recognise the impact of nursing in the improvement of health care standards around the world, as well as within the local community.

Last Friday, the hospital recognised the ongoing contribution of its nurses to its patient-centred approach to care. Many are long-serving members of the Eye and Ear team, having spent the majority of their nursing careers here at the hospital.

Executive Director of Surgical and Inpatient Services and Chief Nurse Officer, Jenni Bliss presented to staff on the changes that have occurred within the profession and within the Eye and Ear  since the hospital hired its first Matron, Mrs H. Wylie in 1870.

Ms Bliss noted that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nursing staff worked 60 hour weeks with just one day off a year and were often required to perform domestic duties, such as cleaning and food preparation for patients.

Chief Executive Officer, Ann Clark said that, despite the changing nature of nursing during the past 150 years the high standard of patient care among Eye and Ear nurses has remained constant.

“We are fortunate here at the Eye and Ear to have a nursing team who has demonstrated continued passion and devotion to their role as health professionals.

“I would like to thank all of our nurses for the incredible work they do every day in caring for our patients, and the ongoing contribution to our reputation for excellence.”

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