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Celebrate Nurses Day, but more needed!

Media Release

05 May 2008

Celebrate Nurses Day, but more needed!

On May 12, International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world in honour of the birthday of the most famous nurse of all time, Florence Nightingale. In New Zealand, Nurses Day is focusing on “Safe Staffing & Healthy Workplaces” for our 41,000* nurses.

Nursing is considered a highly valued and interesting career for women, and men, yet there is a desperate shortage of nursing staff in New Zealand at present. Geneva Health has been working hard with the public and private sectors to improve conditions and recognise nurses’ importance within the workplace. A key objective of the company is to provide high quality and experienced staff to support employers who operate under a safe staffing practice.

Geneva Health is New Zealand’s largest supplier of permanent and temporary health professionals – and nurses are needed now! They are concerned that there is such a shortage of nurses, in particular in the mental healthcare sector, Maori and Pacific Island nurses, and those in rural areas.

Geneva Health is appealing to people that want to get back into nursing or refresh their career and they can offer work that would fit-in with the part-time Mum or Dad, or someone that wants to give back to their community now that the kids have left home. They can direct candidates to the best job opportunities to suit them and their families.

Let’s celebrate this essential part of New Zealand’s healthcare system on May 12, by recognising our nurses and showing our support for their vital work in the community.

* Number of registered nurses, NZNO latest figures 2008

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