From Nightingale nurses to a modern profession part 3

In the opening part of her Sir Henry Parkes Oration 2015, Dr Georgina Willetts outlined the origins of nursing in Australia and her great great grandfather’s role in inviting Florence Nightingale to send nurses to the colony.  

In Part 2, Dr Willetts discussed her own training within the hospital system of the 1980s and nursing’s transition towards being a legitimate healthcare profession.

Today, she looks at the future of nursing and potentially of healthcare as a whole.

To look at the future of nursing practice I am going to discuss three different contemporary aspects that have the potential to either strengthen or erode professional nursing work.

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Silent Tears – disability as a result of violence

Photographer Belinda Mason is looking for nurses and carers who have acquired a disability through violence at work to contribute to an exhibition called Silent Tears.

Silent tears fall at the moment when we feel most alone and most lost – this is also a turning point, to look for hope and strength. Silent Tears is about women with disabilities who’ve experienced violence and women who have acquired their disability as a result of violence.

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‘Transparent’ – a photographic print on clear acrylic by Belinda Mason.

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From Nightingale nurses to a modern profession part 2

In the opening part of her Sir Henry Parkes Oration 2015, Dr Georgina Willetts outlined the origins of nursing in Australia and her great great grandfather’s role in inviting Florence Nightingale to send nurses to the colony.  

Today, in Part 2 of her Oration, Dr Georgina Willetts discusses her own training within the hospital system of the 1980s and nursing’s transition towards being a legitimate healthcare profession.

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My training in the teaching hospital system

Although this very interesting history preceded me, my ignorance meant it was not until much later that I would come to understand how my own relatives were intimately intertwined with my future career path. I entered the nursing profession in 1981. I’m not really sure why I became a nurse; it was not something I had ever really considered doing. In fact I had planned to be a primary school teacher, but couldn’t stand the thought of studying for another three years. Little did I know I was entering a path of life-long learning.

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National Nurse Practitioner Day

No two days are ever the same for a nurse practitioner.

The first annual National Nurse Practitioner Day was marked today by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, in conjunction with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

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From Nightingale nurses to modern profession: nursing in Australia

Today Nurse Uncut has the first part of a recent ‘oration’ given by nursing educator Dr Georgina Willetts, which traces the history of nursing in Australia.

In 1889, the ‘Father of Federation’ Henry Parkes delivered the original Tenterfield Oration, a call for the Australian colonies to join together to become one nation. Since 2001, there has been an annual oration, with a distinguished speaker focusing on challenging social/political issues in Australian society.

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Dr Georgina Willetts delivering the Oration.

The Henry Parkes Oration for 2015 was presented by Dr Georgina Willetts, nursing educator and great great granddaughter of Henry Parkes, at the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts in Tenterfield, western NSW, on 17 October. Dr Willetts spoke about the historical transition of nursing in Australia, from the Nightingale model to the contemporary profession.

In part one, Dr Willetts outlines the origins of how nurses came to Australia, at the behest of her great great grandfather, a prominent social reformer in the colony of NSW. Nurse Uncut will carry parts two and three of the Oration next week.

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