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More than just a tea party

CELEBRATE NURSES: The Bundaberg International Nurses Day committee members Judy Dalton, Shirley Kidd, Margaret Olsen, Dos Evans, Shirley Gastaldon and Janet Tallon are encouraging all nurses to register for the event on May 8.
CELEBRATE NURSES: The Bundaberg International Nurses Day committee members Judy Dalton, Shirley Kidd, Margaret Olsen, Dos Evans, Shirley Gastaldon and Janet Tallon are encouraging all nurses to register for the event on May 8. Mike Knott BUNNUR

BUNDABERG'S International Nurses Day events are much more than just social catch-ups, according to one of the women who organises them.

Former nurse Margaret Olsen said although the day was celebrated across the globe on May 12 each year, Bundaberg's events would take place on May 8 - and there was a lot in store.

"The message we've been trying to get out among the community is that this is not a reunion of Bundaberg Hospital-trained nurses, but an educational day to celebrate nurses," she said.

"We have three hospitals and the university all involved and interesting guest speakers.

"It's a long way from being a tea party for retired nurses."

Mrs Olsen, who has more than 30 years experience in nursing, said two speakers would give talks at the event that could benefit anyone in the health sector whether they were new or experienced.

"David Holmes (B.Pharm) is our main guest speaker whose topic is pharmacology in today's world followed by Barbara Harvie, a very highly qualified nurse practitioner who has been involved with kidney disease and dialysis for almost 30 years and her topic will be chronic kidney disease - a public health issue," she said.

The retired nurse said the celebrations were an excellent opportunity for older nurses who had trained in hospitals and younger nurses who had trained more in universities to bridge the gaps between their experiences and learn from one another.

"The universities do a lot of theory now where we're experienced with the hands-on," Mrs Olsen said.

"It's lovely to be able to get on well together and that's the way it should be."

All-day morning tea, a roast lunch and dessert are included on the day and attendees can purchase raffle tickets for a bit of fun.

Registration for the event will be open from 9am at the Shamrock Room in the Brothers Sports Club on Thursday, May 8.

Cost for the day is $32.

Phone Margaret on 4151 0462 to book.

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