As we race towards the end of 2019, I would like to personally thank nurses and midwives across the state for your contribution to patients and to the health system over the past 12 months. It is impossible to touch on all of your great work as there are literally hundreds (or more!) examples of innovation, research, achievements, awards, and very special stories from our patients. As professions, nursing and midwifery continue to be at the heart of our health system: caring, innovating, and making a real difference for people every day.

It is my pleasure and honour to be your professional lead. Together with my colleagues, the Local Health District and Network Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (LHDN DoNMs), we thank you for your expertise, your gentle support and your dedication to patients, their families and to the NSW Health system as a whole.

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.

Jacqui Cross
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer


Current as at: Friday 20 December 2019
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