Winners of national nursing awards announced

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A Lake Macquarie nurse who helped aged care residents during a violent storm, a graduate nurse advocating for cancer patients in the Geelong region, and a Perth team of nurses providing healthcare to the homeless have all been recognised at HESTA’s annual awards night.

Catrin Dittmar received the nurse of the year award for her resilience and resourcefulness in keeping aged care residents safe during a severe storm that lasted several days.

She remained calm and responsive during the crisis and showed true leadership.

Narelle Place was awarded the outstanding graduate prize for her leadership and courage in advancing patient labelling on intravenous medication.

Narelle was also acknowledged for her strong advocacy of a particular patient’s comfort while they were undergoing cancer treatment which has led to improved practices.

The team innovation category was won by Homeless Healthcare, a group which provides vital healthcare to people living on the streets of Perth.

HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey said this year’s winners stood out for their ability to provide high quality care to patients in difficult or trying circumstances.

“Each winner is selected…by an independent judging panel for their exceptional nursing skills, dedication to their profession, and commitment to achieving positive outcomes for patients,” Ms Blakey said.

“Nurses provide a range of care options for us at every stage of life. We are proud to acknowledge the winners of this year’s nursing awards for their contribution to the community and to the sector they represent.”

The winners were announced at an awards dinner in Brisbane earlier this month.

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