Far West LHD celebrates Excellence in Nursing Award winners for 2019

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing and midwifery staff by today presenting eight individual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery awards for 2019.

The Award recipients for 2019 are:

  • Excellence in Nursing – Registered Nurse Award was presented to Georgia Bartley.
  • Excellence in Nursing – Registered Midwife Award was presented to Donna Ellis.
  • Excellence in Innovation in Education Award: Pamela Stuchbery
  • Assistant in Nursing: Emma-Rose Gaiter
  • Enrolled Nurse: Helen Murphy (Balranald MPS)
  • Excellence in Clinical Leadership: Rosemary Martin
  • New Graduate Registered Nurse: Courtney Pellow
  • New Graduate Registered Midwife: Bree Muscat

The 2019 Far West LHD Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Award winners are (from left) Standing – Rosemary Martin, Pamela Stuchbery, Emma-Rose Gaiter, Donna Ellis and Helen Murphy. Sitting – Bree Muscat, Courtney Pellow and Georgia Bartley.

The awards were presented by Ms Dale Sutton, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery and Broken Hill Health Service Director of Nursing, Kathryn Morrison, as part of International Nurses’ Day and International Midwives’ Day celebrations in which the District recognises and pays tribute to its nursing and midwifery staff.

The recipients of the 2019 International Nurses’ Day and International Midwives’ Day Excellence Awards were selected from nominations submitted by their peers, colleagues and consumers across the Far West LHD.

At the awards presentation today, Ms Dale Sutton read out the following for each of the award recipients:

Georgia Bartley – Excellence in Nursing – Registered Nurse

Georgia’s exuberance in the workplace is infectious and promotes excellent team work not just within the nursing ranks but across the disciplines. She is delightful and bright. Every time at the start of each shift Georgia gathers the teams and focuses their tasks, one who enjoys every aspect of her work. She is kind and compassionate, one whom believes the small acts of kindness – food, toileting, provision of a hot blanket to her patients is not overlooked and is as important as the clinical tasks. Her ability to juggle multiple tasks and continually prioritise them with minimal direction makes her a very efficient member of the ED team. Working with Georgia is a breath of fresh air and is like having an office with a large picture window. One whom continuously and effortlessly role models the core values all the time every time.

Donna Ellis – Excellence in Nursing – Registered Midwife

Donna has proven herself to be a valued team member and actively contributes to developing a positive workplace culture within the maternity unit. Donna is a dedicated, passionate and compassionate midwife, both with her team and the women and families she interacts with. Donna ensures her team have a strong voice, are being heard, she advocates for both them and the women who access our services. Donna is supportive, innovative, kind and generous with her words and actions. Donna leads the MGP as a true leader, role modelling the expectations and standards of clinical maternity care to be provided to mothers and babies.

Pamela Stuchbery – Excellence in Innovation in Education Award

 Pam always role models the expected behaviours. She provides opportunities to nursing staff to learn and develop new skills and knowledge. Using past experiences, appreciative inquiry, clinical reflection as avenues for learning. Pam is motivated and drives forward a culture of learning, she is enthusiastic and has a ‘anything is possible’ approach. Pam is always open and honest, respectful, thoughtful, has a connection with staff, demonstrating a passion for teaching. Pam works side by side with staff I the clinical setting to provide practical and contextual learning, and leads by example through role modelling excellent patient centred care and demonstrating a commitment to maintaining high standards of safe, quality patient care.

Emma-Rose Gaiter – Excellence in Assistant in Nursing

Emma works wonderfully with kindness, compassion and enthusiasm. She builds strong therapeutic relationships with all members of the multi-disciplinary team. At the core of her work is her strong commitment to patient safety. She takes the initiative and time to do her very best all the time when working with patients and their families. She is caring, dedicated, always positive, motivated. Always working within her scope of practice. Emma has a bubbly personality that both her patients and fellow work mates enjoy.

Helen Murphy – Excellence in Enrolled Nurse (Balranald MPS)

Helen is a valued member of the residential aged care team at Balranald Multipurpose Service (MPS). She was an important team member, and at times the driver for the MPS Collaborative project. She is always willing to go the extra mile with the RAC residents. Every project Helen has embarked on – bowling greens, gardening, working bees, care plans and sunflowers she has had the resident at the centre of that care. Helen advocates for residents and their families and she in return is much loved by them, always open and respectful. She is passionate about the care she provides to the residents and her standards for maintaining the same level of care from her peers.

Rosemary Martin – Excellence in Clinical Leadership

Rose has demonstrated clinical wisdom and leadership beyond her years in every aspect of her role. She demonstrates the CORE values of NSW Health with her collaborative communication with patients, families, colleagues and teams. Rose empowers her patients through the provision of information pre-chemotherapy based on her assessment of patient needs, she empowers junior staff and students through mentoring. As a senior Oncology Registered Nurse Rose has continually used evidence and best practice guidelines to support innovative practice change in the Oncology Unit.

Courtney Pellow – Excellence in New Graduate Registered Nurse

Courtney came to us as a new graduate registered and is now in her 2nd year. She is a positive and enthusiastic Registered Nurse who advocates strongly for patients’ rights and safety. Courtney always looks for opportunities to improve progress to ensure safe quality care is provided and accepts responsibility and accountability for the patients allocated to her team. Courtney role models the NSW Health CORE values and the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards of Practice. She is sympathetic and empathetic to the patient’s current condition and circumstances and strives to ensure the patients physical and emotional needs are met in a safe and person centred way.

Bree Muscat – Excellence in New Graduate Registered Midwife

Bree is a devoted midwife who works openly and with kind hearted generosity. This extends not only to the women she cares for and their families but her team members as well. Bree consistently advocates for the women she cares for and shows that she truly feels for them. She provides holistic care, communicates in a gentle, warm and bubbly manner usually followed by a smile or laugh. She is energetic, engaging and cheerful and this sense of energy translates into her clinical care and her women know she will support them fully through their journey.


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