The hard-work of nurses and care workers was recognised during National Nurses Week celebrations last week.
A morning tea was organised at Shepparton Villages aged care facilities on Friday to recognise the staff who work across the six villages looking after 271 residents.
Shepparton Villages care services executive manager Kerri Rivett said a passion for care was what drove nurses.
'We don't do this job lightly, some of the people we care for are the most vulnerable in the community," Ms Rivett said.
She said the festivities were a way to give thanks to the dedication of nurses.
"The day is about Shepparton Villages saying thank you to all care staff and nurses for the fantastic job they do," she said.
'We care - and it's a day to celebrate that."
Ms Rivett said there were about 350 000 aged-care workers throughout Australia.
"But growth in the ageing population will see one million workers required by 2050," Ms Rivett said.
"Every day these people work so hard, I think we need to take some time out and say thank you.
"I think nurses have to be the most trusted people in the community."
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year, the birth date of Florence Nightingale - widely recognised as the founder of modem nursing.
"She paved the way for nursing," Ms Rivett said.
Nurse Tarra Vidler said she became an aged-care nurse following in her mother's footsteps.
"My mum is an aged-care worker and I would hear about what she did - it sounded like a really rewarding job," Ms Vidler said.
"Everyday you're helping someone and you're making someone's life better.
"I couldn't think of a better job."
As printed in the Shepparton News, Monday, May 20, 2013