Bay of Plenty nurses are being thanked for their hard work as the world celebrates International Nurses Day today.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says all nurses play an important role in health of New Zealanders.
“Nurses are hugely valuable and are part of the backbone of our health service. There are currently just over 49,000 nurses practising in New Zealand.
“The theme for International Nurses Day this year is ‘Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action.
“There are many great examples of nurses identifying areas in our health service that need improvement, researching a solution and then changing the way they do things to improve health services for patients.”
Tony says district health boards are now employing 2,000 more nurses since November 2008.
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.