Nov 25
Local nurse recognised at NSW Premier’s Awards

An Orange Health Service staff member with 40 years' experience in the health setting has recently been recognised at the NSW Premier's Awards, by being nominated as a finalist for her work in excellent patient care and staff training.

After Hours Clinical Nurse Consultant, Barb Cridland was nominated in the category 'Improving Service Levels in Hospitals' for her work educating clinical staff, and providing expert clinical knowledge for all staff in the care of complex patients, especially after hours.

Barb said she felt honoured to be nominated at the Premier's Awards, noting the other highly skilled professionals across NSW Government she was nominated with.

“I am very humbled about being nominated for this award, given the calibre of other staff who were also nominated from across the state," Barb said.

“Improving the delivery of safe health care to our community is something at the core of my desire to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients. I am honoured to have been recognised for my contribution. I feel everyone at Orange Health Service strives toward excellence in patient care."

Barb was nominated by Dr Jo Rainbow who said Barb's nomination is a reflection on the wonderful work done at Orange Health Service.

“Barb and her colleague Vicki Conyers (Trauma CNC) initiated the START (Supported Time Assisted Resuscitation Training) Program where they worked with less experienced Emergency staff to increase their skills in resuscitation and trauma management of emergency clinical situations," Dr Rainbow said.

“The START Program has been invaluable for staff training and patient safety."

“Barb is also heavily involved in the simulation of clinical situations that enable both doctors and nurses to practice life-saving techniques together in a team situation."

“The resuscitation team does not receive warning they are being summoned for a simulation, and to date there have not been any complaints about having to run to save a dummy!"

“Barb has been instrumental in developing and delivering staff training, and she routinely assists new staff with training and development opportunities, all designed to improve the care our patients receive."

“Barb has worked in a variety of clinical specialties throughout her career in Public Health, including Paediatric and Adult health care, Intensive Care, Emergency Care and General, and from acute to longer-term care. During this time, Barb has developed a breadth of expert skills for which the clinical staff at Orange benefit from through the clinical support, knowledge and skills she is able to provide as a resource person and through the training and development she delivers."

“Barb is a delight to work with – approachable, generous and fun. She is the staff member who you most want to see when your patient is sick, and is treasured by nursing and medical staff alike," Dr Rainbow said.

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