12 May 2011

Nurses are the fabric of any health system – the quiet achievers who work around the clock across NSW saving lives, or caring for our sick and injured.

NSW is fortunate to have more than 43,000 registered and enrolled nurses, working daily on the frontline of our busy hospitals, nursing homes and health clinics – the unsung heroes of the health system, the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said today.

"Often working under great pressure, our highly-skilled nurses see people at their most vulnerable, at the beginning of life and at its end. They are there for all of us at times of crisis and joy, providing care and advice," Mrs Skinner said.

"But for too long in this state, the needs of nurses were ignored. Labor closed beds and stalled on recruitment, making nurses work harder with fewer resources and little recognition.

"No wonder they have felt disempowered and demoralised. The NSW Government will improve working conditions for nurses, by increasing the nursing workforce and giving back control of wards to nurse unit managers in those wards," she said.

"I have a long history of listening to nurses, and the NSW Nurses Association, and that has not, and will not, stop now I am the Minister for Health."

Mr George said nurses deserved to be honoured on this, International Nurses’ Day.

"Nurses at the six health facilities in the Lismore electorate do fantastic work and we should all join today in saluting them for their dedication. In our community, everyone knows a nurse and is aware of the situations they face on any given day, so let’s make sure they know how much they are valued."

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.