History examined

May 15, 2018

GV Health chief nurse and midwifery officer Alison Patrick and nursing and midwifery education director Cathy Scott are delighted with an event recognising the nursing profession.

Past and present nurses visited the old Mooroopna hospital last week to learn more about the history of the profession.

Organised by Goulburn Valley Health, the event celebrated the hard work and advancements of nursing through the years, as well as International Midwives Day and International Nurses Day.

The event started with a walk through of the hospital and the nursing exhibits created by Mooroopna Historical Society.

Uniforms, badges, equipment and machinery were among hundreds of items on show, and were looked on in awe and amazement by the cohort.

‘‘We’ve got a deep, rich history that deserves to be celebrated,’’ GV Health chief nurse and midwifery officer Alison Patrick said.

‘‘There are so many different nurses and it is a highly skilled and exciting career, so it’s a great opportunity to meet others.’’

Guests then had the chance to listen to Kirsty Harris, an expert on World War I nursing practices and the author of Bombs and Bandages.

‘‘My grandmother was a nurse in World War I and I began researching what nurses did during my PhD studies,’’ Dr Harris said.

‘‘Twenty years later and I’m still researching.’’

Ms Patrick said the event was a great chance to see the museum and thank the region’s nurses.

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