A Broken Hill Enrolled Nurse has been named the best in the state at the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
Enrolled Nurse Glenys Dayman was awarded the Excellence in Nursing – Enrolled Nurse Award – at the awards announced in Sydney today. Glenys shared the award with joint winner Amy Power from Southern NSW LHD.
Glenys joined 11 award winners – selected from 32 finalists chosen from 244 nominees – who were congratulated today by Health Minister Jillian Skinner during a ceremony at Parliament House.
Glenys has worked in Far West LHD for six years and has been a passionate advocate of good patient care throughout her career. More recently, she channelled this passion into improving the physical health of mental health consumers in the LHD.
She manages the Physical Health Clinic in Broken Hill which operates one day per week and aims to engage mental health consumers in addressing their physical health care needs. This clinic is based on a model Glenys developed herself. It provides basic health screening/monitoring and referrals to more specialised services and improving General Practitioner engagement. The depth of Glenys’ commitment to the clinic and her leadership on improving the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services within the LHD, cannot be underestimated.
Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton, on behalf of the LHD congratulated Glenys on her win.
“It’s exciting and excellent and very well deserved for Glenys, an outstanding achievement and we are very proud for her. Glenys was beside herself and couldn’t believe it when she was announced the winner. Being a typical nurse, she said ‘I was only doing my job’. That may be true but she does it very well,” she said.
Ms Sutton said Glenys’ win reflects very well on the calibre of nurses that work in the LHD, including those ‘home grown’ nurses or those recruited to the Far West.
Ms Sutton added Far West LHD was rated one of the highest LHDs for the number of finalists in different categories in this year’s awards. The other Far West LHD finalists were Carrie Barlow (Dareton Primary Health) in Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Registered Nurse category and Alexis Lenton (Broken Hill Health Service) in Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Assistant in Nursing.
“For Far West LHD to have three finalists out of over 49,000 nurses in the State is exceptional. Along with Glenys, each of our finalists is an exceptional nurse and we are very pleased they have been recognised in the very prestigious Awards, it is well deserved,” said Ms Sutton.
It is the second award for Glenys this year. She was awarded the 2016 Enrolled Nurse of the Year Award for Far West LHD.