Photo contest puts focus on modern nursing

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Photo contest puts focus on modern nursing


Larissa Jenkins

11 May 2012

11 May 2012

Bachelor of Nursing Science student Larissa Jenkins has won first and third prizes in a “Transformers Photography Competition” held at the University of the Sunshine Coast today to mark International Nurses Day.

Larissa’s image of a nurse wearing surgical gloves that featured written descriptions of the many important roles that nurses play in the health care system was judged the best of 20 entries in the contest.

Another photo that she took of a nurse assisting a young patient claimed third prize behind an image by Master of Midwifery student Stephanie Nudd of a nurse’s hands and fob watch.

USC’s Professor of Nursing Margaret McAllister congratulated the winners of the contest, which was organised to help shine an accurate light on the values and achievements of nurses and midwifes.

Professor McAllister said many outdated and misleading stereotypes of nurses still existed and these can negatively impact on the professional identity of nurses and lead to poorly thought out health policy planning and inadequate staffing of health services.

The photo competition judging was part of a morning tea celebration organised by Nursing Science students in conjunction with the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The celebration was held to mark International Nurses Day on Saturday 12 May, which is the birth date of modern nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

— Terry Walsh

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