MEMBERSHIP of PHHTNA
The PHHTNA offers an opportunity for graduates of the Prince Henry Hospital School of Nursing and graduates of the Nursing Education Centre to come together to contribute their time and skills to the preservation of the history of our hospital and alma mater; and to reaffirm our connections with the people with whom we worked and played while there. The Museum and Chapel are living and developing projects that need our input and contributions in order to remain viable and be preserved as a valuable resource for the Australian community.
Membership of PHHTNA includes the following categories: Ordinary Membership of the Association can be granted to trained (registered) nurses who have:
Associate Membership of the Association may be granted by the Management Committee of the Association to a person who does not meet the above criteria for Ordinary Membership or a person who is not a nurse, if they have:
The success of the organization depends on us being able to generate sufficient funds to manage and maintain both the museum and chapel; and to attract sufficient skilled volunteer to give their time and talent to the good running of the PHHTNA.
Registered nurse members of the PHH Trained Nurses’ Association provide the volunteer core for the organization and are assisted by other volunteers who may or may not be nurses who graduated from PHH over the years. There are no employees however at any given time there would be 15-20 people actively engaged in work associated with the organization.
The management team comprises the president, and vice president(s); the treasurer and secretary as well as two ordinary members. Responsibility areas are allocated by the management team to volunteers who undertake museum coordination; chapel bookings; tour bookings; historical integrity of the collection; information technology and website/facebook; security and maintenance of buildings and grounds. Each of these responsibility areas attracts a team of volunteers who work with the coordinators who report to the management committee monthly or as necessary.
Museum coordinators and other volunteers have been sponsored by the Association to attend training on artefact preservation techniques as well as general management and maintenance of the museum displays.
Customer service is paramount and we ensure that there are sufficient volunteers available to supervise and guide visitors. Support is provided within the group by other nurse volunteers who have the skills to be able to motivate and upskill colleagues as needed.
Our volunteers have been acknowledged for their work with the awarding of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and a Volunteers’ Award from Randwick Council. At the annual reunion volunteer nurses who have made exceptional contributions to the museum and chapel are acknowledged by public acclaim and an award certificate was bestowed in 2017 by the Governor of NSW.