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Celebrating International Nurses Day

12 May 2021 Blog
Today, on International Nurses Day, Group Director Nursing and Patient Experience Dani Meinema explains the key role nurses play in keeping the community healthy and why St John of God Health Care is thankful for all that they do.

 

  • All four nurses who looked after me were like saints! … made my experience post-surgery less traumatising; 
  • The nurses were amazing; 
  • All the nurses were super helpful and supportive; 
  • The nurses go above and beyond to assist where needed.

When you want to understand the impacts our nurses have, there is no one better to talk to than our patients. All of those quotes above are direct from feedback we've received, and trust me, there are many more.

Nurses come into their vocations because they have an innate sense of wanting to help others. 

It takes a great deal of selflessness to become a nurse. Education provides technical skills, but there are so many aspects of nursing that cannot be learned, and is probably the reason why we often hear nursing being referred to as a calling. While nurses work in the same setting as others in the health care profession, their job requires them to go the extra mile.

In addition to all of their technical and clinical skills, nurses help patients to eat, drink and stay clean. Nurses also provide emotional support for their patients. Nurses act as a source of emotional strength. They offer companionship and bring cheer.

For all of this and so much more we are grateful for our nurses, today and every day.

Nurses play such a key role in keeping people healthy across the lifespan – physically, spiritually and emotionally. If you see a nurse today, make sure you stop them and thank them. No matter who you are, at one point in your life you will encounter the selflessness of a nurse and you will be forever grateful.

To all our nurses, thank you for all that you do. We would be lost without you.

St John of God Health Care Director of Nursing and Patient Experience Dani Meinema
Dani Meinema - St John of God Health Care Group Director Nursing and Patient Experience

Dani Meinema was appointed the St John of God Health Care Group Director of Nursing and Patient Experience in January 2019. She has more than 15 years' experience in senior nursing management roles, including previously working as Director of Nursing at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. She holds a Masters of Health and Human Services Management and has specialist skills in perioperative nursing, including management and education.

St John of God Health Care Director of Nursing and Patient Experience Dani Meinema
Dani Meinema St John of God Health Care Group Director Nursing and Patient Experience