Nurses on ward for International Nurses Day
Group of nurses on ward at the RMH Parkville

The Royal Melbourne Hospital is celebrating our nursing team this week ahead of International Nurses Day 2023 this Friday.

International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. This year’s theme is ‘Our nurses. Our future’.

This year is a very special year for the RMH as the organisation celebrates its 175th anniversary. Nurses have been part of the fabric of the hospital since the beginning, delivering exceptional care to patients and their loved ones since Victoria’s first public hospital opened in 1848.

First Nightingale trained Lady Superintendent at the Melbourne Hospital
Dated 1890. The first Nightingale trained Lady Superintendent at the Melbourne Hospital was Miss Isabella Rathie, pictured with her nursing staff. Before 1890, nursing standards were varied and what training did occur was rudimentary. This changed with Rathie's appointment. She instituted the first formal teaching program in anatomy and surgery, physiology and medicine, and general instruction on practical nursing.

“The nursing history of the RMH is very strong. Nurses are always there 24/7 and they have been supporting Victorians through tough times for many years,” said the RMH’s Chief Nursing Officer, Adj/Prof Kethly Fallon.

There is a week of celebrations planned between 8-12 May highlighting the history and legacy of nurses, the exceptional care they deliver every day, and the many ways they are improving healthcare for all – now and into the future.

“As a big tertiary hospital, there are so many opportunities for nursing at the RMH. We see some of the sickest patients and patients with complex health conditions, and we have a huge breadth of services that we provide," said Adj/Prof Fallon.

“There have been so many firsts for and by nurses through the RMH and it is amazing to be part of a team that takes such pride in the work that they do.

“The future is bright.”

Visit our Nursing at the RMH page for more information about nursing careers and education. 

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