JENNI Prosser never misses an opportunity to dress up, so she couldn't wait to don period costume to celebrate International Nurses Day.
The St Vincent's Private Hospital surgical ward nurse unit manager said volunteers from the hospital's archive department had tracked down the 1950s uniform for her to wear yesterday.
Recovering after surgery in the rehabilitation ward, Lismore's Marie Mackney said the hard work of the nurses should be acknowledged.
"I think it's a marvellous thing; some of the nurses and doctors are amazing," she said.
"I think nurses deserve every cent that they get."
St Vincent's Hospital chief executive, Steve Brierley, said the theme of this year's International Nurses Day was celebrating staff.
"Our nurses don't work in isolation; they need support from our staff in administration, auxiliary services, hospitality, educators, as well as our wonderful volunteers," he said.
Mr Brierley said the hospital was extremely grateful for the contribution that its 200 volunteers made to the hospital.
This year International Nurses Day happened to fall during National Volunteer Week.
In honour of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, International Nurses Day is held on her birthday each year, Mr Brierley said.
"It's amazing to think that a hard working nurse had to get dressed up in a uniform like that (in the olden days)," he said.
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