Thank you to all aged care nurses on International Nurses Day

Whether it’s in Residential Aged Care homes or out in the community, nurses do an incredible job.

Friday May 13 marks International Nurses Day.

The Federal Budget on Tuesday rubberstamped that aged care registered nurses, enrolled nurses and assistants in nursing, will receive a 15 per cent pay rise from 1 July.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said, “for too long, those working in aged care have been asked to work harder for longer without enough reward but with this Budget, that changes.”

This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is A Voice to Lead, which focuses on the need to invest in nursing and respect the rights of nurses in order to build resilient, high quality care to meet the needs of individuals and communities both now and into the future.

Aged care homes will shine a light on their hard work and dedication to caring for the most vulnerable members of the community, but they do it every single day of the year. 

“For me, there is no real substitute for the intensely rewarding nature of working with the elderly. Their experience of life and stories are what I never get enough of,” said Sapana Hamal Thakury (pictured), who is a Clinical Nurse (Infection Control) at Carinity Clifford House aged care community in Brisbane.

 

“Working as an aged care nurse requires a lot of patience, kindness and compassion. For compassionate people, working with others in a role that feels like it truly means something is an important life pursuit.”

Thank you to the wonderful nurses.

PS: Actor Virginia Gay, who played Gabrielle Jaeger in TV drama All Saints, hosted HEART SOUNDS, an online concert, to celebrate nurses, midwives and the extended healthcare workforce on International Nurses Day. Click HERE to watch it.

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A special thanks to our contributors

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Journalist

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

Journalist

Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

Physiotherapist

Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.