May 09
WNSWLHD Nurse of the Year – 2019
​The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is delighted to announce Melissa Hanson as its Nurse of the Year as we celebrate International Nurses Day, 12 May 19. 

Executive Director Quality, Clinical Safety and Midwifery, Adrian Fahy, said, “Melissa is an extremely dedicated and hardworking Nurse and has a commitment to promoting the nursing profession, this and her hunger for knowledge, lands her as an unique asset to Dubbo Health Service and Patient Flow Transport Unit (PFTU)”. 

The WNSWLHD Nurse of the Year is based on three sections, their demonstration and commitment to the Living Well Together Values, a commitment to the nursing profession and the demonstration of leadership in the provision of nursing quality care.

Melissa has continued to show an extremely strong commitment to the profession with her ongoing study towards a Master of Nurse Practitioner (NP), and Graduate Certificate of Applied Gerontology. 

“This further study is evidence that Melissa has shown a high level of commitment, but furthermore is the fact that Melissa is conducting her entire clinical practice hours of her NP program without remuneration, whilst still attending her Permanent Part Time roles, study, projects, juggling this with a young family and a husband that is also a shift worker”.

“Melissa is a very skilled clinician and role model that has a deep passion for ensuring that patients and their families are at the center of their care. Melissa is a strong patient advocate and empowers her peers”, Adrian said. 

More recently, Melissa has also been successful in receiving the Ian O’Rourke scholarship in Patient Safety from the Clinical Excellence Commission. This will allow Melissa to travel to the USA (New York) and gain a deep knowledge of a successful program that assist aged care residents from unwanted and avoidable visits to the Emergency Department (ED). Melissa is developing a Residential Aged Care Emergency Department Equivalent Mobile Service into local Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) and this program will be a collaboration between the RACF, Dubbo ED and PFTU.

“We are extremely proud of Melissa, and her passion and dedication to providing excellent care to our patients and their families”.

“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to all of our hard working and dedicated nurses that work across the WNSWLHD”. Adrian said.

The NSW Government has committed to the largest Australian healthcare workforce boost with an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metropolitan areas over four years, as part of a $2.8 billion investment in frontline staff.​