Young nurse’s psychiatric work recognised

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A young nurse from Perth has been recognised for her work with psychiatric patients.

Anista Baptiste has been named as one of five finalists in the outstanding graduate category of the 2015 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

Ms Baptiste works with acute psychiatric patients at Perth Clinic.

“Every day I work closely with patients to help them learn about the triggers that lead to their respective states, and then assess which coping skills they need to apply to reduce the risk of them,” Ms Baptiste said.

In a statement released by HESTA, the young clinician is said to have been chosen as a finalist for “demonstrating a level of maturity, problem solving ability and communication skills while working with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as at-risk adolescents struggling with their own self-identity”.

Ms Baptiste has continued her education since entering the workforce.

She is currently undertaking a graduate certificate in clinical nursing, and plans to obtain a master’s in nursing.

Ms Baptiste is also involved with a group that is undertaking Australian-first research.

The group is monitoring the daily outcomes of psychiatric patients and providing them with feedback on discharge rather than their treatment.

Ms Baptiste and her fellow finalists will learn their fate at HESTA’s annual awards dinner in Brisbane later this month.

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