Private hospital nurses recognised in HESTA nursing awards

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A number of private hospital nurses have been named as finalists in the 2016 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

Industry super fund HESTA today (27 April) announced the 12 finalists across three categories: Nurse of the Year, Outstanding Graduate and Team Excellence.

Lynette Hernandez from The Sydney Clinic and Angie Monk from Joondalup Health Campus in Perth were named in the Nurse of the Year category.

Ms Hernandez was nominated for providing holistic support and care for patients with mental health and drug, alcohol and gambling issues. The patient who nominated her said her understanding and compassion was vital to his rehabilitation.

Ms Monk received the nod for her role in developing an innovative patient blood management program that has improved outcomes and recovery for patients undergoing surgery involving significant blood loss.

New nurses Ashleigh Morris and Thembie Ndebele from St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital were announced in the Outstanding Graduate category. Both nurses were selected for their leadership qualities and commitment to improving patient outcomes.

HESTA Chief Executive Debby Blakey said the calibre of nominations this year epitomised the outstanding standards of care and the ongoing commitment provided by nursing professionals.

“It’s always a difficult task for the judges to shortlist finalists from so many worthy applicants, and this year’s finalists represent the best of the best from a diversity of nursing services and practices from around Australia,” Ms Blakey said.

“The finalists are all leaders in their field and their dedication and commitment to patient care is inspiring. It’s a privilege to help give these professionals the acknowledgement they deserve.”

The winners will be announced at the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards dinner in Melbourne next month.

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