International Nurses Day: Heroes who serve others first

Nursing is not for the faint-hearted, and I’m not just talking about the blood.

Nurses and midwives welcome us into the world, help us stay for as long as possible and often comfort us in the end — but it’s no secret they are often overworked and under-supported.

Those professional stresses often feed into their personal lives, taking a toll on finances, relationships and mental health.

Female nurses and midwives have a suicide risk almost three times the rate for women in other jobs. For males, it’s one-and-a-half of that for men in other professions (alarming when you consider the already-high rate of suicide in men).

It can be a gloomy picture for those we can’t live without, but still, there are more than 360,000 nurses in Australia. You probably know a few.

On International Nurses Day we ask these Aussie legends, why be a nurse?

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