Perth nurse wins national recognition

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Angie Monk has been plying her trade as a nurse for four decades, but few of those years have been as memorable as 2016.

A career-long ambition, Angie has this year been announced as a Nurse of the Year Award finalist in the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

The national recognition for her work in patient blood management is in addition to her being a finalist in the 2016 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

“I can’t tell you how honoured I am,” Angie said.

“I’ve always followed the HESTA awards and it’s a really big honour to be nominated nationally. It’s a very pleasant surprise and really lovely to be honoured in this way.”

Angie moved to Australia from England in 1980, settling in Perth where she worked at a number of different hospitals.

In 1997 she started at Ramsay Health Care’s Joondalup Health Campus. She has been there ever since, working in a number of different roles.

“I’ve seen it go from a 100-bed hospital surrounded by bush and kangaroos to a 650-bed hospital surrounded by the thriving city of Joondalup,” she said.

“It’s quite amazing how far it’s come since I’ve joined the hospital.”

Angie oversees Joondalup’s patient blood management system, which is recognised as one of the best private programs in Australia.

The veteran nurse has introduced many new systems to receive, store, transport and monitor wastage of blood and blood products safely and efficiently.

She was also instrumental in driving the Venous Thromboembolism prevention program at the hospital.

Her work in improving patient outcomes has been recognised around Australia and abroad.

“The bigger the hospital gets, the more we look at implementing systems like patient blood management to make sure we’re leading the way,” she said.

“Joondalup is leading the way in patient blood management in Western Australia and I get calls from around the country and overseas asking about our program, so I’m very proud of it.”

Angie will attend the awards ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday evening (12 May). She is one of five finalists in the Nurse of the Year Award category, which also includes Lynette Hernandez from The Sydney Clinic.

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