Clinical research nurses, Trish Moreno and Andrew Boucher
International Nurses Day is celebrated each year on 12 May, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the foundational philosopher of modern nursing.

Nurses make a huge contribution to the experience and care of patients, their families and carers, and our healthcare system.

In honour of this day, we spoke to two clinical research nurses, Trish Moreno and Andrew Boucher, at the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre (MCTC) about their roles and what this day means to them.

The MCTC, a unique collaboration between the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the University of Melbourne, supports clinicians and researchers in initiating and performing trials of new therapies and generates knowledge to better the health of all children.

Trish was a paediatric ICU nurse for 12 years before progressing into research in 2018. As a clinical research nurse at MCTC, Trish works on clinical trials to help children who face several health difficulties over various diseases, including Wilson's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Fontan circulation related health issues.

"It takes a selfless and compassionate person to become a nurse as there are a lot of sacrifices to be made to care for a stranger. We should celebrate this unique breed of humans every day and especially today."

Andrew Boucher is a paediatric nurse who, until recently, was working at the RCH. He recently joined the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre as a Research Nurse Study Coordinator. Andrew will be working on two studies relating to new medications for paediatric growth hormone disease and type 2 diabetes.

"I feel so proud to be a nurse when I see what extraordinary work we do in both, the research and clinical spaces. International Nurses Day is a great way for us to acknowledge and celebrate all nurses."

MCRI celebrates all the incredible nurses working at the Melbourne Children’s Campus and the important role of nursing worldwide. We are grateful and appreciative of all that you do.