This week across the Western NSW Local Health District, we are celebrating our dedicated and hardworking community nurses, during Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week 17 – 23 September.
This week is about raising awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system.
Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery Clinton Grose said, “Community and Primary health Carers week is important to Western NSW LHD, as it’s a celebration of the incredibly important role that these fabulous clinicians do for our community, and is especially significant as our health district, due to the vast rural and remote areas we service. The week highlights the positive impact on the wellbeing of individuals and those in our local communities who rely on community nurses and primary health carers”.
“We are extremely fortunate across the WNSWLHD to have some of the very best working in and caring for those in our communities”.
Across the LHD we have more than 160 Primary and Community Health nurses providing patient centred care from 44 health facilities to over 50,000 clients.
“Community nurses are a creative, innovative, and responsive group of professionals, meeting the health needs of many patients within their own community. They empower people to change lifestyles and also provide holistic care to people in their homes. By working in partnership with, and recognising the strengths of families and communities, community nurses seek to foster a sense of self-determination and empowerment of patients.”
Community nursing is becoming its own specialty – providing more complex care and being more responsive to patients’ needs.
This valuable group of nurses are adapting to an ever changing work space, embracing more contemporary models of care and broadening the types of services available.
To hear from local patients about their community nurses, watch here.