“Outstanding contribution to nursing”: Tania Green awarded 2020 HESTA Nurse of the Year
Winners of the 2020 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards were announced in May. Tania Green from the Plastic Surgery Unit of Monash Health in Victoria was the deserving winner of Nurse of the Year.
“Nursing is more than just a job for me, it is a part of who I am,” says Tania.
Tania was recognised for her work to improve care for patients with cleft and craniofacial conditions and their families, supporting more than 500 patients as the clinical nurse coordinator for Monash Health’s Cleft and Craniofacial Unit.
Tania has been instrumental in improving awareness of the treatment and care required for cleft-affected babies, including developing protocols that have increased the education and confidence of staff involved in their care, and working with the special care nursery and neonatal staff.
“Cleft lip and palate is the most common congenital deformity and we support over 500 patients in our service,” says Tania.
“The Monash Health values are truly represented in the cleft team, who provide integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence to patients and colleagues alike.”
Tania’s efforts have seen her set up antenatal consultations for parents expecting a baby with a cleft lip and/or palate, reducing the number of hospital visits families need. This saves families time and eases financial pressures for those needing to travel from regional or remote areas.
She also volunteers with CleftPALS, a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for cleft-affected people and their families.
“I have the best job in Monash Health and the opportunity to work with the expert health professionals that make up the multidisciplinary team is exciting, but it’s our cleft patients and families that make my work so rewarding, and I look forward to continually striving to develop the best cleft service,” says Tania.
Tania received $10,000 from ME Bank to be put towards further education or professional development.
Tania will use the prize money to explore other national and international cleft services in order to establish networking, create educational opportunities and benchmark Monash Health’s cleft care to further improve service delivery for families.
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