The School of Nursing and Midwifery has identified community engagement as a central strategic priority. The key focus is on enriching and developing the University's communities of interest (both internal and external) through mutually beneficial activity that adds value to the teaching, learning and research activity of the School and the University as a whole.
Relay For Life
Relay for Life is the world's largest fundraising event for cancer support groups and cancer research that welcomes participants to celebrate survival, remember those lost and fight back through personal pledge to beat cancer. From its humble beginnings in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 with one solitary participant, Relay for Life is now run annually in 21 countries, uniting over 600 different communities in the battle against cancer.
In Australia, Relay for Life is held in every state and territory and raises over $18 million each year for the Cancer Council and in NSW alone, nearly 50 thousand people participate every year.
In 2012, The University of Newcastle's, Port Macquarie campus and Nurses 4 Nurses (Ourimbah) registered teams comprising of students, staff, alumni and family and friends. A large proportion of the funds raised locally are returned through local research projects and education programs for those affected by cancer.
Nurses 4 Nurses
The aim of Nurses 4 Nurses is to raise industry awareness amongst students and provide networking and career development opportunities through functions such as barbeques and social nights. Functions feature guest speakers from a variety of nursing professions including, recruitment agencies, academic staff and other industry specialty areas such as the New South Wales Nursing Association.
Nurses 4 Nurses is a not-for-profit organisation run by students for students. Any money raised through fundraising and raffles is used to fund and support future events, activities, scholarships and charities.
There are currently, two Nurses 4 Nurses groups operating out of the Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses. All students who are studying or involved with the School of Nursing and Midwifery are encouraged to get involved.
Nurses 4 Nurses (Callaghan)
Nurses 4 Nurses (Callaghan) is run by a group of nursing students heading into their second year of study.
Membership of Nurses 4 Nurses (Callaghan) costs $5 and lasts for the life of your degree. If you would like more information about Nurses 4 Nurses (Callaghan), or would like to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nurses 4 Nurses (Ourimbah)
Nurses 4 Nurses was established by nursing students studying at the University of Newcastle Ourimbah campus on the Central Coast to support students and provide a social network.
Membership of Nurses 4 Nurses (Ourimbah) costs $5 and lasts for the life of your degree. If you would like more information about Nurses 4 Nurses (Ourimbah), or would like to become involved, please email email@example.com.
International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is held on 12 May, to celebrate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day Kit that contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.
Each year, the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme for International Nurses Day discussions. The theme for 2013 was Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.
In 2013 the School of Nursing and Midwifery held a fund raising BBQ with all money raised from a gold coin donation helping to assist the community Fairy Garden project in the children's ward of Lampang Hospital in northern Thailand.