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12th May 2024

International Nurses Day – Celebrating the Diversity of our Nursing Team

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International Nurses Day, celebrated annually on May 12th, is a significant occasion that shines a spotlight on the remarkable contributions of nurses across the global healthcare system. The day commemorates the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, recognising her as the founder of modern-day nursing. It serves as an important reminder of the pivotal role nurses play in delivering compassionate care, advocating for patients, and promoting health and wellbeing worldwide.


Nurses are at the heart of our healthcare system. Across Mater Private Network, the nursing team comprises a diverse group of professionals from many different backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities, each playing a vital role in the delivery of exceptional patient care. Nurses are often the first point of clinical contact for our patients, providing medical expertise, emotional support and much more.


Within our nursing team there are a wide range of roles including staff nurses, clinical facilitators, infection prevention and control nurses, clinical nurse managers, advanced nurse practitioners, assistant directors of nursing, director of nursing, and a variety of specialist positions. These specialist roles span across several specialties including breast care, haemovigilance, oncology, tissue viability, arrhythmia, pain management, palliative care, diabetes and many more. The breadth and expertise of our nursing team plays a key role in supporting the functioning of the wider team. 


The national and cultural diversity among our nursing colleagues reflects the global nature of the profession. International nurses bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our network, offering new perspectives and fostering problem-solving, innovation, and the adoption of best practices from other countries. The diversity among our patients is matched by the diversity of our nurses, which allows for a deeper understanding of patient needs and improves the delivery of culturally competent care. 


We are proud to have colleagues within our team from countries all over the world, offering a mix of clinical and multicultural insight that enriches the experience of our patients. These countries include Albania, America, Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India,  Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  


As we celebrate International Nurses Day, we thank all of our incredible nurses for their continuous dedication, compassion, and expertise. Their unwavering commitment to patient care and their willingness to embrace diversity and innovation make them true heroes in the field of healthcare.