This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nurse Practitioner Day, on Saturday 12 December.
Western NSW LHD (WNSWLHD) Executive Director Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing, Adrian Fahy, said, “It is so important to celebrate and acknowledge the Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) who work across our district”.
“Our NP’s are highly skilled advanced practice registered nurses who are trained to independently assess patients, order diagnostic tests, interpret the results of these tests, form working patient diagnoses and prescribe certain medications to treat illness.
“They are a fantastic asset across a variety of clinical settings working in strong partnership with our medical and clinical teams.
“Our Nurse Practitioners are an invaluable asset to our workforce, they provide care and support to all of our staff right across the Local Health District and beyond.
“This year we have 10 finalist for the Western NSW Local Health District Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award. All of the nominations are outstanding Nurse Practitioners in our region.
“It was a difficult choice only selecting one winner”. Adrian said.
The 2020 WNSWLHD Nurse Practitioner of the Year is Linda Doherty.
Linda is a Nurse Practitioner who works within Alcohol and other Drug Services to support people manage their addictions across the local health district.
Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Jason Crisp, said, “Linda is extremely deserving of this award. She is an innovator who is always looking to improve the health outcomes for people within the community. Linda is a great mentor to staff, an educator, compassionate, caring nurse and professional”.
“There were a number of nominations received for Linda, all of them highlighted her approach to patient centred cared”. Jason said.
“We are very grateful and proud of all the Nurse Practitioners working across our region. This week is not only highlights the fantastic work they do but also recognise the significant contribution they bring to our patients and our workforce”. Adrian said.