Today is International Nurses Day, so proclaimed because it’s the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the famous social reformer and founder of modern nursing.

On International Nurses Day, Alinea would like to salute all the nurses in our community.

We employ nurses across our aged care sites. These nurses hail from a variety of countries: Australia, England, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Philippines, China, and Malaysia. With these diverse cultures, they bring a wonderful vibrancy to the workplace. Some have completed their nursing education in their home countries and others have recently graduated from universities in W.A. This provides our facilities with a valuable combination of nursing experience and skills. The COVID pandemic has also provided Alinea nurses with many challenges, which they have all handled in their stride.

The role of the nurse in our aged care facilities is multifaceted. Nurses provide leadership and clinical supervision of the Care team. In addition, the clinical demands are diverse as residents have complex health and well-being needs. Nurses facilitate the delivery of high-quality nursing care, blending skills in chronic and acute illness, with an individualised, person-centred approach to the nursing care of all residents. Nurses are responsible for a range of key activities including providing, managing and overseeing:

*Restorative care

*Safe behavioural management in dementia care

*Health emergency responses, including identification of acute deterioration in residents related to falls and infections compounded by a mix of health conditions.

*Palliative care

*Medication management

*Wound Care

*Infection prevention and control programs

*Family support and liaison

*Facilitating the multidisciplinary team

So, today, we celebrate nurses for enriching the lives of those they care for!