GLADSTONE nurses are among those celebrating International Nurses Day today, held every year on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Gladstone Hospital nurses Hayley Gould and Leighette Sullivan enjoy working in a helping profession.
Ms Gould, a mother of three who moved from New Zealand last year, has been a nurse for 15 years.
"We get to see people in very difficult times and get to play a part in helping them get better," Ms Gould said.
Ms Sullivan works in the specialist outpatient department, where tasks range from dressing wounds to working in paediatrics and general medicine.
"There are a lot of regulars who come in daily so I get to know them and their family," she said.
"You get that special bond with them."
Growing up in Gladstone, Ms Sullivan knew she wanted a career path that involved helping people, and nursing seemed the logical choice.
"There are so many different aspects to nursing, and different avenues to take," she said.