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WNSWLHD announces Nurse of the Year

13 May 2022

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is delighted to announce Christine Bright as its Nurse of the Year, to help continue celebrations for International Nurses Day.

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.

Adrian Fahy, WNSWLHD Executive Director of Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing, presented Ms Bright with the Nurse of the Year Award at Blayney Multipurpose Service (MPS) on International Nurses Day on 12 May.

“Christine is an integral and central part of the community not just at the MPS but in the entire Blayney Shire and she has incredible commitment to rural health and aged-care nursing,” Mr Fahy said.

“Christine grew up in a remote area of the state well west of Blayney, so she is acutely aware of the health needs of small communities and shows amazing dedication to ensuring her patients and residents receive first-class care.

“COVID-19 has created new challenges for the District’s entire workforce, and Christine has played a pivotal role throughout the pandemic, particularly in keeping patients and residents engaged with their families throughout lockdowns.”

Ms Bright has played a crucial role in the roll-out of quality improvement projects at Blayney MPS and, in her third year as a registered nurse, she continues to strive for personal and professional development.

“Christine has a wonderful hunger for knowledge which she has shown throughout her time at Blayney MPS, she continues to seek out opportunities for further training and has meticulous attention to detail when caring for patients and residents,” Mr Fahy said.

“That is proven by how highly-respected Christine is by her colleagues but also the patients and residents at the facility, who consistently mention her as deserving of recognition for the care she provides.

“We’re very proud to name Christine as our Nurse of the Year. We also want to thank, congratulate and pay tribute to all the finalists for this year’s award, but also to all the hard-working and dedicated nurses across the entire District.”

There are more nurses and midwives in NSW public hospitals than at any other time in history. Between 2012 and 2021, the nursing workforce and midwifery workforce in NSW increased by 9,599 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff, or 23 per cent, to 51,794 FTE.

The 2021-22 NSW Health total budget is $30.2 billion. The NSW Government is also investing in a further 5,000 nurses and midwives from 2019-2022 under a record $2.8 billion boost to frontline staff.