Nurse Uncut end-of-2014 contest – what's best about being a nurse or midwife?


To celebrate another great year on the Nurse Uncut blog and to thank you all for reading, commenting and in some cases writing for the blog in 2014, we have an incredibly easy contest.

To enter, simply write one sentence in the comments below – or in Comments on our Facebook page – saying what the best thing about being a nurse or midwife is for you.

[If you’re shy and don’t want to post online, simply send us an email to nurseuncut at with your name and address to enter.]


First prize is a $100 Coles/Myer gift card – sure to be handy at this time of year.


Second prize (for five lucky readers) is The Crimson Field on DVD. This is a quality BBC drama about nurses in a WW1 field hospital (shades of Anzac Girls!), starring Oona Chaplin (from The Hour), Hermoine Norris (from Spooks) and Kevin Doyle (of Downton Abbey).


As third prize, we have five DVDs of Silk (series 3), the gripping legal drama full of passion, rivalry and intrigue, starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Maxine Peake.

This contest is open to Australian residents who are members of the NSWNMA. [We appreciate all our readers, in Australia and internationally, but the prizes – and the blog – come to you via the NSWNMA, so must go to members.]

And if you want to join the NSWNMA – remember, students and retired nurses get free membership – you can join online and then enter the contest as above.

The contest closes at midnight EST Wednesday December 10 and we will draw the winners the next day.

It’s to enter and you could have a lovely prize coming your way!

PS: We’re always looking for contributors to the blog – so if you’re a nurse or midwife (or student) with a tale to tell, get in touch at nurseuncut at 



  1. I am privileged, in my role as a community Palliative Care Nurse, to support patients and their families for end of life care, helping them have a “good death”.

  2. I love being an Assistant in Nursing working in a 120 bed High Care facility. Sometimes just small things make a huge difference.

  3. For me, the best thing about being a nurse is being a good patient’s advocate and being their voice. I enjoy being with patients and attending to their needs when they’re very sick and feel glad seeing them improve or have relief from their suffering. I especially love being involved with the NSWNMA and what it is doing to promote public awareness of issues affecting nurses and their work.

  4. Love working in Aged Care. Try to make residents’ days a bit brighter. Also enjoy advocating for the sector for staff and residents alike.

  5. Our work is never dull or boring, always interesting with new things to learn every day, no matter how long you have been nursing, and forever making new friends.

  6. Some days are just routine, some days are exhausting, some days are stressful … and then there are the days when I cry with the parents whose fullterm baby was stillborn; or sit with the family of a young woman as she died of cancer; or wash the hair of a mother of 2 teenagers who was scared and waiting for the results of her lymph node biopsy. THAT’S why I’m a nurse.

  7. Being a nurse is a lifelong commitment in helping people to better their health & quality of life. We go to lengths for our patients that impact on our life journeys & shape the world for our next generation of nurses.

  8. Taking care of people who are suffering and vulnerable is a privilege, especially when you know they have placed their trust in you.


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