NSWNMA members honoured at NSW Health Excellence Awards
A number of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association members have been recognised at the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, including Nurse of the Year and Midwife of the Year.
Tracey Codner from Nepean Hospital was awarded Midwife of the Year, while Trent Williams, a Clinical Nurse Consultant from John Hunter Hospital, was named joint Nurse of the Year.
The Excellence Awards showcase the breadth and diversity of expertise among nurses and midwives in NSW, with winners representing a wide range of specialties and experiences.
Altogether, there were 29 nominees across nine categories presented this year. There were ten winners chosen, including joint winners for the Nurse of the Year category.
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association General Secretary, Shaye Candish, congratulated the winners and nominees for their efforts and their contributions to nursing and midwifery.
“This year’s winners and nominees showcase the best that nursing and midwifery has to offer, across the full spectrum of the nursing and midwifery experience,” Ms Candish said.
“On behalf of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, I congratulate all of this year’s winners and nominees and thank them for their continued commitment and service to our professions and our communities.”
NSW Health Minister Ryan Park echoed Ms Candish’s sentiments, praising the work of the winners, nominees and of the state’s nurses and midwives at large.
“The professional achievements, compassion and dedication on display… were nothing short of remarkable,” Mr Park said.
“I also want to thank all of our nurses and midwives across the state for the skill, professionalism, and heartfelt care they provide each and every day to the people of NSW.”
The award categories and winners are as follows:
- Nurse of the Year (joint winners): Trent Williams, Clinical Nurse Consultant, John Hunter Hospital, Hunter New England LHD and John McAllister, Nurse Practitioner, HIV and Sexual Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital Network
- Midwife of the Year: Tracey Codner, Clinical Midwife Consultant, Nepean Hospital, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
- New to Practice Nurse/Midwife of the Year: Garima Nepal, Registered Nurse, Coonabarabran Health Service, Western NSW LHD
- Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year: Dorrigo Nursing Unit, Dorrigo Multipurpose Service, Mid North Coast LHD
- Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Award: Jane Jackson, Nurse Manager, The Forensic Hospital, Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
- Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award: Anna Thornton, Executive Director of Nursing, St Vincent’s Hospital Network
- Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife of the Year: Sharelle Anderson, Registered Midwife, Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service, Southern NSW LHD
- Healing Heart Award (colleague nominated): Gillian Prott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney LHD
- Healing Heart Award (consumer nominated): Angela Kiss, Clinical Nurse Consultant, St Vincent’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Network
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