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On 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, it’s time to celebrate nurses around the world through International Nurses Day.
Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes.
“Plunket nurses have been a part of New Zealander’s lives for over 100 years, giving parents the advice and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. They’re a New Zealand icon and part of the fabric of our communities. Plunket is one of the very few organisations that New Zealanders are happy to invite into their homes.
“As well as being registered nurses, Plunket nurses have a postgraduate qualification in child and family health promotion. That enables them to offer high standards of expertise and a range of services when working alongside New Zealand families.
“Parenting is one of the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding and important jobs in our lifetime and all parents and caregivers need some support and reassurance.
“Plunket nurses see 9 out of 10 newborn babies every year in New Zealand and have played an important role in many lives at a very special, but also challenging time. It’s great to have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate that and thank Plunket nurses, past and present, for their contribution.”