Far West LHD Nurse of the Year Awards 2014 announced

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting four individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2014.

The awards were presented today as part of International Nurses Day (IND) celebrations in which the District recognises and pays tribute to its nursing staff.

The 2014 International Nursing Day award recipients were selected from nominations submitted by their peers and colleagues across the Far West LHD. The award winners are:

Nurse of the Year is Jayne Langran.

Jayne Langran is an experienced Registered Nurse in the specialties of Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit and Education. Jayne has been the driving force behind creating a dynamic team environment in the ICU/CCU Unit. Jayne role models the behaviours expected and accepted within the unit. Her knowledge and skills are respected by her peers, she is always willing to assist others to improve their knowledge and skills.

Jane strives for quality and best practice in the provision of high quality care. Jayne is patient focus and advocates for best possible outcomes for patients and families. She is committed and achieves quality outcomes for all task undertaken within her roles and responsibilities, and promotes and engages in change and demonstrates leadership skills within her role.

Assistant In Nursing (AIN) of the Year is Sandra Potter.

Sandra Potter demonstrates a passion and commitment to the nursing profession, currently undertaking the Alternative Pathways program-AIN to Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN). Sandra is a role model for other students and staff. She is professional and enthusiastic and displays a positive workplace culture behaviours within the clinical setting.

Sandra is committed to organisation goals. She is reliable, hardworking and provides a high level of patient care and is an outstanding team member and adapts easily to change and shows great potential as a nursing leader of the future.

Enrolled Nurse of the Year is Sandra Alderson.

Sandra Alderson has demonstrated exceptional skills and knowledge as an EEN. She always works to a high standard with the patient being her centre of focus. Sandra encourages and supports team members to work to a high standard through demonstrating positive workplace culture behaviours.

Sandra is reliable, hardworking, and supportive of the organisation in times of staffing crisis and increased workloads. Sandra is highly regarded and valued by her team members.

New Nurse Graduate of the Year is Luke Gunter.

Luke Gunter is a RN employed in the 2014 Transition to Practice Program currently working at Tibooburra. Luke is enthusiastic and caring, always wanting good outcomes for patients and the community in the remote setting. Luke demonstrates a thirst for new knowledge and skill development and demonstrates a genuine interest in patient care and welfare. Luke demonstrates a professional and respectful attitude towards peers and the profession of nursing. He reflects on his clinical practice and strives to improve with each experience.

The Nursing Team of the Year is the Surgical Unit.

The Surgical Unit team is nominated for this award based on the team ability to promote and establish a positive workplace culture and implement change over the past 12 months. The changes in team dynamics, management, and unit objectives have resulted in staff demonstrating a positive attitude towards the unit and achieving the desired goals and patient outcomes.

The team is proud and has become a strong and capable team. The staff function well as a team and promote teamwork and a learning environment for students and new staff. The team demonstrates excellent communication and is committed to common goal of working together to achive a high standard of patient care and staff satisfaction.

Far West LHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Dale Sutton said she wished to congratulate all the award recipients. “It is well deserved recognition for their commitment to providing quality service and care to our patients.”

The theme for IND 2014 is “Nurses: A Force for Change – a vital resource for health”.


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