Nexus Primary Health nurses Sarah Pyle, Malinda Kennedy, Annie Brooks, Kylie Dawson and Sarah Brooks.

In celebration of International Nurses Day on May 12, Nexus Primary Health is showing its appreciation to celebrate the compassion, professionalism, and commitment that nurses provide to the community.

The International Council of Nurses celebrated the first International Nurses Day in 1965.

Fifty seven years later, nurses are continuing to be acknowledged for the important work they do.

May 12 was chosen because its the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

The 2022 theme for International Nurses Day is ‘A Voice to Lead: Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health’.

People who have visited a Nexus clinics in Broadford, Kinglake, Seymour or Wallan, may have already met some of its nurses.

Nexus Primary Health chief executive Amanda Mullins said with Nexus nurses working in areas of practice nursing, district nursing, diabetes education, mental health and addiction nurses, they assisted people to achieve their health goals.

“Our nurses provide a wide range of services within the home and within the clinic setting. They can assist you and/or your loved one with services, such as wound care, management of a chronic disease, end of life care, counselling/addiction withdrawals, immunisations and provide you a better understanding of your health conditions new or old,” she siad.

“Nurses can also assist in education of monitoring your own blood glucose. Our nurses provide care for clients/patients under My Aged Care, DVA, TAC, NDIS, Home Care Packages, Medicare, Pension/Health care cards and Post-Acute Care.

“In recognition of International Nurses Day, I’d like to reflect on the remarkable work our nurses do.

“Over the past two years, Nexus nurses have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 response in our community, providing quality professional care under extraordinary conditions.

“Thank you, to each and every one of our nurses. We appreciate the commitment and passion that you bring with you to support our community in times of need.”

Influenza season is fast approaching and if people have not yet had a flu immunisation, they can book an appointment to discuss with a doctor at Nexus’ Broadford, Kinglake, or Wallan clinics.

People can contact Nexus Primary Health on 1300 773 352 or speak with their doctor.

* Submitted by Cassi Stewart, health promotion officer at Nexus Primary Health. Nexus provides a comprehensive range of services such as general practitioners, counsellors and dieticians to support people to live well in their community. Call 1300 77 33 52 to talk about a referral.