Coonabarabran Multipurpose Service staff member Shannon Richards was yesterday awarded winner in the Assistant in Nursing category at the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery Awards.
Eleven award winners - selected from 32 finalists chosen from 244 nominees - were congratulated by Health Minister Jillian Skinner during a ceremony at Parliament House.
“Nurses and midwives are often the unsung heroes of the hospital system, working skilfully and tirelessly to ensure their patients receive the best care,” Mrs Skinner said.
“When patients reflect on their experience in the NSW health system, many remember the kind words and comfort provided by a nurse or midwife.”
Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross said the record number of nominations shows the high regard in which the annual awards are held.
“Our nurses and midwives do an outstanding job caring for the more than two million patients who are admitted to our public hospitals each year,” Ms Cross said.
“Today we honour a select few but each day we should give thanks for the 49,900 nurses and midwives who work in the NSW public health system.”
Western NSW Local Health District Director Nursing & Midwifery, Adrian Fahy said the award is a testament to Shannon’s hard work and highlights the importance of Assistants in Nursing in providing quality patient care.
“We are all very proud of Shannon for her achievement in winning this award, and it is great to see her hard work rewarded at today’s ceremony,” Mr Fahy said.
“Assistants in Nursing are an integral part of our health system as they help deliver and support care provided to our patients.”
“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 all our nurses do all day, every day.”
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