The COVID-19 pandemic has been a most challenging time, and it is important to take a moment to consider the significant legacy that nurses and midwives have contributed to globally. In this extraordinary year of the pandemic, nurses and midwives continued to demonstrate dedication, leadership and commitment to supportive environments. We acknowledge many health care workers, including nurses and midwives, have died as a result of their dedication, professionalism, and commitment during this pandemic. We stand united in acknowledgement of them, and mourn their loss. Again, we recognise that nurses and midwives have remained on the frontline of this pandemic as they sought to improve the life experiences and wellbeing of people. Importantly, nurses and midwives have remodelled roles and services to meet the needs of our community whilst supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. The International Council of Nurses selected for 2021 the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead”, with a focus on “A Vision for Future Healthcare”. The pandemic has shown how nurses and midwives deal with extensive, ongoing and frequent change. Hence, nurses and midwives were often the first to respond to service demands and, in order to do so, needed to demonstrate effective change management. The NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Annual Report 2021 provides detailed examples of the difference NSLHD nurses and midwives have made during this pandemic. This report highlights how nurses and midwives take opportunities to implement positive change as a moral necessity and have actively challenged everyday practice. During the pandemic nursing and midwifery leadership has conveyed the depths of professionalism, leadership, creativity and commitment which defines their legacy. This report clearly presents how nurses and midwives advance professional practice. Importantly, the report highlights innovative interventions that focus on delivering person-centred care with real time health improvements. Nurses and midwives seek to co-create a health system in which care, resilience and compassion thrive, and where their contribution ensures the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff. This report showcases the international, national and state awards for innovative leadership in re- modelling health services, the publications and grants that profile nurses’ and midwives’ significance on the global stage, and the alignment of projects to meet the strategic aims of the local health district. We present evidence of how nurses and midwives contribute to the interprofessional team, demonstrate collegiality in their work, and contribute to the patient and the health district more broadly. Evidence- based practice demands that nurses and midwives remain curious about practice, and be ready to explore and examine structures, processes, activities and models of care. Nurses and midwives continue to push the boundaries of practice so as to meet changing health service demands while remaining focused on patient safety. The NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Annual Report 2021 highlights professional practice, interprofessional practice, innovation, and leadership. This report provides a record of a legacy for tomorrow. I am proud to be a nurse and to work with you all. Together we can make a quality health difference to our community. Congratulations to all nurses and midwives named in this report, their multidisciplinary teams and project partners whose legacy has expanded the depth and quality of the nursing and midwifery professions’ knowledge, expertise and standing. Please feel free to distribute this report throughout your networks and showcase with pride the difference you and your colleagues make every day.
Ms Claire Harris Director Nursing and Midwifery Northern Sydney Local Health District
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