Port Lincoln aged care facility celebrates nursing staff

Matthew Flinders Home has celebrated its nursing staff with a barbecue lunch on Wednesday to mark International Nurses Day.

While International Nurses Day took place the previous Sunday, Matthew Flinders Home put on a lunch for its staff on May 15 as thanks for their service and the care they provide for residents.

Director of residential care Danielle Green said it was an opportunity to acknowledge the work of the staff.

"We appreciate all they do," she said.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty was invited to attend and said being married to a registered nurse, he was familiar with "the trials and tribulations that nurses face".

"The care level here is second to none and it's because of that dedicated staff, in particular the nurses creating that enviornment," he said.

"With the emerging number of baby boomers that will be future residents of this type of facility, we need to make sure the appropriate funding is made available to maintain the high standard of care."

International Nurses Day is celebrated across the world on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is considered the instigator of modern nursing.