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International Nurses Day - Celebrating our Diversity

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12th to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and here in Western Australia, the many different nationalities in the nursing profession is more evident than ever before.

Last year alone more than two thousand registered nurses came to Australia through the Skilled Migration Program, and each bring their own unique way of caring and nursing.

Catholic Homes, a not for profit organisation that has been providing aged care to Western Australians for more than fifty years, is celebrating the fact approximately seventy percent of its registered nurses were born overseas.

Julie Arnould, the Executive Manager for Care Services for Catholic Homes, is a registered nurse born in Scotland, and says having nurses from different countries brings a great deal to the caring profession:

In Western Australia, 18,839 of 37,663 nurses were born oversaeas.

“Many of the people we care for were born overseas, so having nurses from such varied ethnic backgrounds is ideal. It enables them to identify with the different customs, beliefs and cultural backgrounds of the residents and this makes them feel much more relaxed and at home, ”

“While they bring a great diversity of experience to the nursing profession, they are united in their deep commitment to provide a high standard of care, delivered within the Catholic Home’s values of ‘Love, Joy and Hospitality’.”