SwanCare residents and former nurses to celebrate International Nurses Day


Anne Norton and Gill Godsmark, today residents at SwanCare in Bentley, but both used to work as nurses. Picture: Marie Nirme d453560
Anne Norton and Gill Godsmark, today residents at SwanCare in Bentley, but both used to work as nurses. Picture: Marie Nirme d453560

INTERNATIONAL Nurses Day will cut through the generations at SwanCare, as retired nurses who are now residents of the not-for-profit aged care facility Waminda celebrate their careers of caring alongside current nursing staff.

The annual celebration of nursing is held across the globe on 12 May – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – and pays tribute to the nursing profession and the magnificent contribution of nurses worldwide.

Among those who will be reminiscing with a celebratory morning tea is retired nurse and midwife Gill Godsmark, who trained at Kings College Hospital in London, before moving to Zimbabwe where she nursed for more than two decades, eventually settling in Perth with her family.

She will be joined by 85-year-old Anne Norton, who also trained in London before immigrating to Perth where she worked at Shenton Park Rehab for many years, followed by a 16-year stint at Bunbury Regional Hospital.

SwanCare Group chief executive Graham Francis said International Nurses Day would provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate nursing as a profession and to show SwanCare nurses – both retired and current – how much they are appreciated.

“SwanCare is very fortunate to have a dedicated team of nurses, many of whom have worked with us for many years, and Florence Nightingale’s birthday is the perfect time to reflect on and celebrate the valuable contribution they make within our organisation,” he said.