Nurse records song to celebrate colleagues

Thursday, 11 May 2017.

NURSES have a reputation for going the extra mile and Barwon Health’s Jo Brumley has taken the same approach to celebrating International Nurses Day on Friday.

The orthopaedic nurse wrote and recorded a song for the annual event, as well as last week’s International Day of the Midwife, after seeing an opportunity to recognise nurses and midwives for their incredible work.

“Not everyone can be a nurse or midwife – it takes special people,” she said.

“We have very warped senses of humour, open minds, caring natures and are down to earth, loving, smart and courageous people.

“Each verse of the song acknowledges how nurses and midwives are there for patients in so many different ways.”

Mrs Brumley said it was important to celebrate the hard work of nurses and midwives who made such a positive impact on their communities.

“You work around the clock and you never know what each day is going to be like, so you have to be ready for the unexpected,” she said.

“We are the people that are there for your most special, memorable and amazing moments, like the birth of your child, but we can also be there for those moments when it may be really tough, sad and hard when you need help to walk again, or even when you are saying goodbye to a loved one.

“The role and expectations of a nurse are so vast too that I wanted to highlight how a nurse is the one that will sit and spend time with the patient, will be the one to help you get out of bed, will hold your hand, will give you a hug, will walk with you, will make sure you are comfortable and will be by your side if you are alone and need a friend, guidance or support.”

A music video for the song We’ll Be There received more than 9000 views in 24 hours after it was posted on

Barwon Health will celebrate International Nurses Day on Friday with a breakfast event for nursing staff and a ceremony for the Marjory Taylor Memorial Lecture & Nursing Excellence Awards.

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