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Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) will shine the spotlight on its nursing staff tomorrow when they celebrate 2016 International Nurses Day.

“International Nurses Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our dedicated nursing team and reflect on their contribution towards better health outcomes for our local communities,” explained Cheryl Bush, Executive Manager of Clinical and Nursing Services at GLCH.

“The nurses at GLCH are professionals with a wealth of skills and knowledge and collectively cover a broad range of expertise,” said Ms Bush.  “They work in all areas of health care with a diverse range of clients in very rewarding and sometimes challenging circumstances, so it’s important to acknowledge and give thanks for the work they do.”

GLCH employs 38 nursing staff who work within our community health centres, out in the community and in people’s homes. Many of the nurses have completed post graduate studies or specialised training enabling them to provide advanced nursing practice, with two nurses currently undertaking studies to become nurse practitioners.

Specialist nursing services provided by GLCH include advanced care planning, cancer support, respiratory services, diabetes services, palliative care, dementia, immunisation, lymphoedema, maternal and child health, palliative care, drug and alcohol, assessment & triage, school nurse, women’s health, and wound care.

“Nurses in the community are not good at promoting what they do and hence the impact of their efforts often goes unrecognised, even though they do make a profound difference to the care of our patients and their families” added Ms Bush. “Use tomorrow as an opportunity to give thanks to a nurse who has taken care of you or member of your family, and let him or her know how much you appreciate their care and support.”

GLCH provide nursing services throughout East Gippsland from their locations in Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Metung and Nowa Nowa. To find out more about their nursing services visit www.glch.org.au

International Nursing Day Media [May 2016]

Pictured L to R: just some of the fabulous nursing staff at Selena van Overdyk, Peta Siacci, Kate Hanckle, Julian Goss, Liz Suhr, Anne Williams, Amanda Crombie, Janie Dent, Lavon Garrett and Cheryl Bush.