A finalist in the 2017 HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards, Rebecca Rich is dedicated to raising young Australians’ awareness of mental health.
Nominated in the Outstanding Graduate category for her commitment to achieving patient centred care in mental health and proactively taking part in education to improve her skills, Ms Rich is working to achieve better understanding and health outcomes for mental health patients.
“As a nurse I want to help adolescents by raising awareness of mental health and to help them improve their mental wellbeing by providing them with skills, strategies and increased awareness of self in order to improve functioning for when they return to school and in their social lives, to help them see there is an incredible life out there,” said Ms Rich.
Ms Rich decided to further her knowledge and training to benefit her patients, undertaking additional study, including online training with Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COMPI) and the Mandatory Reporting Program with the Western Australian Department of Child Protection.
The COMPI offer six eLearning courses, and Ms Rich completed the Keeping Families And Children In Mind course.
“I tried to put myself in the child’s position and think how difficult it must be to have a parent going to hospital and not really understanding why. The parent also wants to let the child know what is going on, but they don’t want to overwhelm them, so they are not really sure how to approach this issue.
“This helped me understand this more and how to navigate both sides through this difficult time,” said Ms Rich.
Perth Clinic Clinical Nurse Manager, Brenda Fieldhouse nominated Ms Rich for the award after seeing the way she cares for her patients.
“Rebecca is a young inspiring nurse who from the very beginning of her graduate program demonstrated an ardent fervency for holistic care, including the mental health wellbeing of the patients in her care.”
No matter what happens on the 10 May, Ms Rich will continue her dedication to raising awareness of mental health, especially for young Australians.