Celebrating International Nurses Day

Celebrating International Nurses Day

12 May 2011

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12 to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Current Nursing students and lecturers worked on a ‘simulation man’ a mannequin used for training nurses. 

Students Sophie and Koffe

Mildura nursing students came together to watch a special movie presentation called Iron Maiden about Florence Nightingale.  The film profiles Florence Nightingale and dispels the myth to reveal the real woman - complex, difficult and vulnerable, but also steely and determined.

The Nightingale Pledge is taken by new nurses in the field and was named in her honour.

‘La Trobe University is one of the early pioneers in tertiary nursing education in Australia. Its origins can be traced back to the College of Nursing (now the Royal College of Nursing, Australia), founded in 1948,’ says Nursing lecturer at the Mildura campus, Tara Williams. 

‘The history of the nursing profession is not something that is touched on in today’s curriculum.  Iron Maiden is a great film that illustrates this to students.  Celebrating International Nurses Day reminds students they are part of an internationally acknowledged profession,’ Ms Williams said.

Florence Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment in 1860 of her nursing school at St Thomas's Hospital in London. This hospital was the first secular nursing school in the world.

Picture taken by Visual Arts student Izabelle Falvo 

Rebecca Cameron

Communications and Liaison Officer

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