Silver Chain Nurses share stories ahead of International Nurses Day

Silver Chain Nurses share stories ahead of International Nurses Day

As the world marks International Nurses Day on Sunday 12 May, Silver Chain will be celebrating the contribution that our nurses make nationwide. 

Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses, the 2019 theme ‘Health for All’, will acknowledge the physical and mental health that enable someone to lead a socially and economically productive life.

To celebrate International Nurses Day, we have asked three of our Silver Chain nursing heroes why they chose to be a nurse.

I am forever grateful for my nursing career: Sue

Registered Nurse (RN) and Clinical Case Co-ordinator, Sue Murphy, has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and joined Silver Chain Group in 2014.

Sue’s nursing career started in aged care on the Sunshine Coast. She later moved to the local hospital to work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) team.

“I thought ICU was hard but working in the MAPU team was even harder. It drained me,” Sue said.

“When I joined Silver Chain, I was emotionally ready for a new start and I have never looked back."

Sue was an RN on the road for two years and loved seeing how much happier people were when they received care at home.

“It’s been an amazing journey in a short space of time at Silver Chain and I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of it,” Sue added.

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My career has allowed me to be at the start and end of people’s lives: Claire

Claire Lovegrove has worked in nursing and midwifery for 27 years and is Silver Chain’s Quality Assurance Manager.

Claire has welcomed babies into the world, worked around the clock to care for her patients, and comforted those in their final days.

Raised in a family with strong caring values, Claire always knew she wanted to work in a profession helping people.  

Claire was awarded the 2018 Acute Midwife of the Year at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards and was invited to Downing Street to be recognised by the Prime Minister for her work with vulnerable women in the UK.

She was drawn to Silver Chain’s best care approach and values, which motivated her to join the organisation.

“My career has made me who I am today,” Claire said. “I have grown personally and professionally, and I am always looking at new ways to help others.”

In August, Claire and a team of volunteers will visit Dharma Jarti Orphanage in Indonesia to refurbish the home and improve living conditions.



I am proud of my profession: Sarah

Since a young age, Silver Chain Register Nurse, Sarah Buxton always dreamt of becoming a nurse.

“I loved playing with my toy nurses set,” Sarah said. “I would take my teddy’s temperature, blood pressure and bandage up my parents and siblings. I always dreamt of having my own patients to care for.

“Many years later. here I am now doing exactly that.”

Sarah trained to become a nurse after having her children.

“I used to love reading stories to my children about Florence Nightingale,” Sarah said. “I felt so inspired by her dedication to caring for her patients.”

Sarah has been an RN for six years. She loves International Nurses Day, as it not only celebrates the contribution that nurses make to communities around the world, but it’s also Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Sarah Buxton

10 May 2019

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About Silver Chain Group



We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.

We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.

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