May 12
Health District announces annual nursing awards on International Nurses Day

Western NSW Local Health District is celebrating International Nurses Day by announcing its Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year award recipients for 2017.

Director Nursing and Midwifery, Adrian Fahy said the day is about recognising all nursing staff in the Health District and acknowledging their dedication and commitment towards helping others.

“International Nurses Day is an opportunity to recognise the challenges, demands and rewards of being a nurse and a chance to say thank you to all our nurses who work tirelessly to provide great patient care in our local facilities," Mr Fahy said.

“Nurses are an extremely important part of our health system and in delivering health care to our patients and providing support and advice to people in need."

To coincide with this year's International Nurses Day, the Local Health District acknowledges exceptional performance in the nursing profession by awarding a Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year.

Georgiana Simpson, a nurse from Blayney has been awarded Nurse of the Year while Nursing Team of the Year has been awarded to Dubbo Health Service's Emergency Department.

“There is always a very tough field of applicants to choose from, and this year was no different," Mr Fahy said.

“Nominees have to demonstrate their commitment to the nursing profession and how they provide leadership in their everyday duties. Nominees also have to show their commitment to the organisation's values."

“Both Georgiana and the Dubbo Health Service ED are very deserving of these awards, and we would like to acknowledge them for their achievements and their hard work and dedication to nursing."

“We are very proud to have such a strong and dedicated nursing workforce, and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the incredible work that our nurses do in all our health facilities each day."

International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on the birth date of iconic nurse Florence Nightingale.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au