Medals recognise WA nurses
THREE nurses who worked at Harvey Hospital are among the first group recognised for their service as part of a new initiative rewarding those in the profession who have given so much to their communities.
Medals for Nurses is a campaign initiated by former nurse Paul Walling, who felt nurses should be recognised for their efforts in all emergency situations.
The first Medals for Nurses event was held in Perth with 37 nurses who had a combined service of 1054 years being presented with a Western Australian Nurses medal by Dr Tony Buti MLA.
Among that group were three nurses who had worked at Harvey Hospital including Florence Sheppard, Maggie Ingram and Marjorie Winduss.
Mr Walling said he had 500 medals commissioned because he wanted to ensure nurses who had given at least 10 years of service in the profession were recognised because he felt they were often overlooked.
The next Medals for Nurses presentation is on October 28 in Bunbury and Mr Walling urged any nurse who had served at least 10 years accumulatively or consecutively as a nurse in WA to apply.
He only has 500 medals to hand out but hopes the State Government will jump on board to take over the campaign and recognise the service of nurses to the WA community.
For more information, search Medals for Nurses on Facebook.
Harvey nurses Florence Sheppard, left, Maggie Ingram, front right, and Marjorie Winduss, rear right, with other South West nurses who received a medal at the inaugural Medals for Nurses event.