International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
The Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Dr Sue Matthews, has highlighted the evolving and integral role of nurses and midwives in an article published in the April edition of the Australian Health Review.
Dr Matthews’ article, written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, promotes the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and says it is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the work of these professions.’
“Like the inimitable Florence Nightingale, [nurses and midwives] are carers, educators, scientists, researchers and advocates and are often ahead of their time,” writes Dr Matthews.
“It’s essential we encourage the public to view nurses and midwives as knowledge workers, individuals who are highly educated with a desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing and midwifery are conscious career choices for both men and women who are professionals with expert knowledge and skill.”