Like many other nurses and midwives, I entered the professions to make a difference to the lives of others.
I have been privileged to work in many different roles during my 42-year career across clinical, education and management domains, and with many wonderful role models.
I have also made many friendships in that time and love the collegiality of the professions.
One of the hardest decisions was to move on from bedside nursing.
However, I have learnt that as a leader you can absolutely influence and make a difference and improve patient care and experience. The patient is still the centre of our decisions and the reason we are here.
As a nurse leader I strive to be a compassionate leader and believe strongly that caring for our staff makes the system safer for our patients.
I feel proud that in this year in particular, the response to the pandemic has demonstrated how courageous, resilient and agile nurses and midwives can be.
2020 has also shown how necessary being kind to each other and ourselves is.
Although 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife has not been what was planned in terms of celebrations, it has certainly been one to showcase the value of nurses and midwives.
Across the world, nurses and midwives have truly lived up to this year’s theme – Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.
2020 is a year every nurse and midwife should celebrate and remember the difference our professions made and continue to make.
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