May 12
Health District Announces Annual Nursing Awards On International Nurses Day

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Nurses Day by announcing its Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year award recipients for 2016.

Director Nursing and Midwifery, Adrian Fahy said the day is about recognising all nursing staff in WNSWLHD 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 integral part of our health system as they not only deliver health care to our patients, but they also provide support and advice to people in need.”

To coincide with this year’s International Nurses Day, WNSWLHD acknowledges exceptional performance in the nursing profession by awarding a Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year for 2016.

Janice Peterson, a nurse from Bloomfield Hospital in Orange has been awarded WNSWLHD’s Nurse of the Year while Nursing Team of the Year goes to Blayney Multipurpose Service (MPS).

“It was very difficult to choose from so many outstanding nominations this year,” Mr Fahy said.

“Both Janice and the Blayney team are truly deserving of these awards, and we would like to acknowledge them for their achievements.”

Mr Fahy said the field of nominations this year was strong, with many highly-skilled nurses up for the awards.

“We are very proud to have such a strong and dedicated nursing workforce, and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the incredible work that our nurses do all day, every 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