Western NSW Local Health District celebrated International Nurses Day on 12 May with the announcement of its Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year for 2018.
International Day of the Nurse is celebrated annually on the birth date of iconic nurse Florence Nightingale and is a chance to recognise and celebrate nurses in our Local Health District and around the world.
The day helps remind us of the important role nurses play in the delivery of quality health care to everyone in all facilities across our region.
Suzanne Mahoney, a nurse and the Health Service Manager of Collarenebri Multipurpose Service (MPS) has been awarded Western NSW Local Health District Nurse of the Year for 2018.
Director Nursing & Midwifery, Adrian Fahy said nominees had to demonstrate commitment to the nursing profession and their commitment to the organisation's values to deliver quality patient-centred care.
“Suzanne was awarded this year's Nurse of the Year due to her collaboration with all clinicians, professional integrity and cultural sensitivity and awareness," Adrian said.
“Throughout her time living and working in Collarenebri, Suzanne has gained the trust and respect of the local community, and she uses this to empower people, including new mothers, to make well informed decisions regarding the care of themselves and their families."
“I'd like to congratulate Suzanne on receiving this award and to thank her for her ongoing commitment to the nursing profession. I'm sure everyone in the Western NSW Local Health District and Collarenebri MPS joins me in congratulating her on this achievement," Adrian said.
The Nursing Team of the Year was awarded to the Organisational Development Unit (ODU), a team of nurses who work across the organisation to provide ongoing education and support to all health facilities in the Local Health District.
The ODU were awarded Nursing Team of the Year for their outstanding contribution to rolling out a variety of educational and support programs including the DETECT simulation and virtual education programs which aim to support staff competence and promote patient safety.