May 17, 2020

Last week nurses across the district joined with nurses worldwide to celebrate the important work that they do, on International Nurses Day. Nurses and midwives represent more than half of the entire workforce within Hunter New England Health and are vitally important in our local hospitals and health services, especially in times like this.

“Hunter New England Health is grateful for every midwife and nurse working across our District – all 9,160 of them – and I thank each and every one for the wonderful, truly personal work they do each day caring for our patients and their families,” said Ms Elizabeth Grist, Executive Director Clinical Services Nursing and Midwifery.

Jillian Kingsford Smith’s new book Taking Control Compassionately can be purchased on Amazon.

There are more than 50,000 Nurses and Midwives in NSW Health’s hospitals and services and they provide safe, quality care for the people of NSW. They are the ‘Healing Hearts’ of the NSW Health service.

Meanwhile, former Warialda resident Jillian Kingsford Smith has celebrated nurses with the release of her latest book Taking Control Compassionately.

Taking Control Compassionately chronicles the life and work of 15 Specialist MS Nurses from around the world – from Boston to Beirut to Birmingham and Brisbane – allowing the reader to peek behind the curtain to see how specialist nurses help their patients piece together the puzzle of chronic illness.

“A specialist nurse is one of the first people you will meet and speak to after you have been told you have a life-changing illness,” explains Ms Kingsford Smith. “They sit beside you as you try to wrap your mind around the quagmire of chaos you have just found yourself dumped in. Indeed, they will hold your hand and help you process the diagnosis and then gently guide you through those scary and uncertain early days.”

Taking Control Compassionately are stories that need to be told. It is inherently about the very hopeful outlook for people living with chronic illness, in no short measure because of the tremendous pride, empathy and practical skills specialist nurses bring to the table.

Nurses at the Bingara Health Services

Nurses at the Warialda Health Service