Honouring excellence in nurses and midwives

13 May 2015

Dedication, compassion and kindness symbolises the highly-skilled nursing and midwifery staff at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

To celebrate International Nurses Day 2015, WSLHD recognised nursing and midwifery excellence at an award ceremony at Cumberland Hospital.

Nominees include registered nurses, midwives, enrolled nurses and assistants in nursing from Auburn, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Cumberland and Westmead hospitals, and Community Health, Drug and Mental Health.


WSLHD executive director of Nursing and Midwifery Richard Chrystal congratulated the extraordinary group of clinical staff who provide care, comfort and support to patients, often under difficult circumstances.

“Eighteen of our outstanding nurses and midwives were acknowledged with top awards after being nominated by their peers,” he said.

“This special day gave our nursing and midwifery workforce the opportunity to reflect on their achievements and feel proud to contribute to such a highly-valued profession.

“Nurses are at the forefront of patient care and treatment in hospital and the community” Mr Chrystal said.

The theme for International Nurses Day 2015 was Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.