The 12th of May is celebrated every year as International Nurses Day – a day to honour nurses across the world and acknowledge their dedication and service to society. It also commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale who made instrumental contributions to the field of nursing.

Long before a global pandemic brought ‘frontline workers’ into everyday vernacular, nurses have been on the frontlines administering care and tirelessly giving of themselves to the wellbeing of others in every sector of society.

This year’s theme is A voice to lead: Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health focusing on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.

The recognition that nurses must lead conversations in investing in healthcare and speak into the gaps that have been exposed in these systems, has never been more evident than in the past two years.

According to the 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census, the impact of the pandemic was intensely felt in the aged care sector and overall, while Australia managed to minimise deaths related to Covid-19, these disproportionately affected those residing in aged care facilities.*

With approximately 22,000 registered nurses in the aged care workforce in Australia, the strain and pressure on nursing staff in this sector has been immense and their extraordinary efforts over the last two years dealing with the pandemic and supporting residents while they were isolated from their families for long periods of time, is nothing short of exemplary.

Sarah Ramsey, Head of Aged Care Services at Fresh Hope says, “Here in our very own Fresh Hope community, we have nurses who not only bring their skills, but in a sector that has faced significant challenges over the past few years, they bring their optimism, compassion, comfort and meaningful connection to our residents every day.”

So to our nursing staff across all Fresh Hope communities, we commend you and thank you for the commitment you have to quality care in our residential care services.