Image source: National Nurses Breakfast in NSW on International Nurses Day 2021 by Sara Hendy-Pooley.
International Nurses Day (IND) is just around the corner!
Held on May 12, International Nurses Day (IND) is a time for our nursing community to celebrate the wins of 2022, give back to those who have supported us through our hard times, and find out more about the long history of the nursing profession.
It is a day where our profession is front and centre, and after a long and disaster filled two years, we certainly deserve it!
There are many things happening to celebrate the day across Australia, including a jampacked line up of events from the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to help celebrate nurses, allow some time to unwind and do your bit for the community.
Read more about the events happening below, and make sure to sign up and join the conversation on social media by tagging us on Twitter at @acn_tweet and on Instagram at @acn_nursing.
Join a National Nurses Breakfast!
Each year the ACN National Nurses Breakfast is held across the nation to provide nurses an opportunity to get together with their colleagues to celebrate accomplishments and unwind. After the past two years in nursing, it is more important than ever to pay attention to community support and taking opportunities to destress.
The event is not just limited to the early hours of the morning as well. If your first meal of the day is at 9pm for the overnight shift, it still counts as breakfast!
Make sure to take photos on the day and tag them on social media with #ACNBreakfast so we can see and share your event.
Get your shoes on for the Nurses Walk
For those who are in Sydney for International Nurses Day, ACN is offering an exclusive tour of the Nurses Walk, followed by Breakfast in The Rocks.
The Nurses Walk is a popular laneway located right behind the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks and is a shortcut to provide access to the first colonial-era hospital in 1788. Established in 1979, the Walk commemorates the nurses who worked in the area’s hospital, and the guided tour takes you through the history of the area.
Get your joggers on and come join us for some exercise and food!
Grab a bag for a cause
For those down south, the Tasmania region will be joined by Chief Nurse Adjunct Professor Francine Douce MACN and Executive Director of Nursing at the Royal Hobart Hospital Brent Foreman MACN for a conversation about nursing. Breakfast will also be provided.
The Tasmania Region is also proud to support Orange Sky and is asking attendees to bring a Fill a Bag for a Friend to support services that help the local homeless population.
Have a great breakfast, join in the conversation with our leading nurses, and give to a great cause.
Take a trip through nursing history
For our nurses up north, come learn more about the history of nurses in the Northern Territory with the launch of Janie Mason’s book Pride and Revelation: Stories from the Charles Darwin University Nursing Museum.
The ACN Darwin region has partnered with the Northern Territory Library and Charles Darwin University for the event, giving nurses access to historic photographs, memorabilia and objects from the Charles Darwin University Nursing Museum as it celebrates 35 years of record keeping on nursing history.
Bookings are essential and the book will be available for purchase at the event.
An opportunity to develop your skills
The ACN Melbourne Region continues the International Nurses Day celebrations into the afternoon with an evening CPD session on Refugee Health.
Featuring Merilyn Spratling FACN, Kath Desmyth and Tsunda Dolma, the session will give insight into the specialties of refugee nursing, the challenges to practice, current career pathways and lived experience from those with a refugee background.
If you have lived experience of refugee status or want to know about best practice to support the refugee community in Australia, this online session is a must-attend.
Got an event happening on International Nurses Day that we haven’t mentioned here? Make sure to tag us on Twitter at @acn_tweet, on Instagram at @acn_nursing and post on neo to engage with your nursing community!