It's really important to reflect on the year, and to consider your achievements both individually and as teams. In my travels I've met the most outstanding nurses and midwives. I've heard countless stories where the patient's experience has been positively impacted due to care provided with skill and compassion. I've learnt of many instances of nurse/midwife-led research that is translating into real improvements for people, and of the kind and courageous leadership which is integral in delivering health care at all levels of the system.
This confirms what the LHDN DoNMs and I have long known: the nurses and midwives of NSW Health are a remarkable group of professionals. I am proud of you and your achievements, and I'm excited to see what we can achieve together in 2020: International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
To our colleagues in rural and regional areas who are currently facing serious and challenging conditions with the ongoing drought, and to the many people impacted by the recent bushfires: my thoughts are with you and your communities during this time.
I hope you are able to enjoy time with your loved ones this festive season. Many of you will be on duty caring for patients across this period, and I thank you for making the day special for patients and their families.
Warmest wishes for a healthy, safe and happy festive season, and a bright new year.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer