Rockingham aged care nurse Deborah Jones named WA’s Nurse of the Year
An aged care nurse who helps elderly patients transition safely from hospital to home has been crowned WA’s nurse of the year.
Rockingham General Hospital aged care transition and liaison nurse Deborah Jones was given the honour at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards at the weekend.
Ms Jones has been involved in a project that aims to achieve sustainable outcomes for older adults at risk of readmission to hospital, working closely with patients as they are discharged from hospital and ensuring they transition safely from acute care to home.
“Ms Jones’ work has led to a decline in adverse outcomes and readmission to hospital with patients reporting improved understanding of their medical conditions and medications,” a statement said.
A further 12 nurses and midwives from across public and private health and the education sector received awards across 12 individual categories.
Professor Gavin Leslie and Professor Rhonda Marriott were given lifetime achievement honour awards for the significant impact they had made to the nursing and midwifery professions on a local, national and international level.
The Health Hub Team from Pilbara Population Health won the Excellence in Person-Centred Care team award for bridging the gap in access to primary health care while improving engagement satisfaction among Aboriginal populations.
WA nurses who were deployed to Victoria to assist with the State’s COVID-19 response last year were also recognised.
Health Minister Roger Cook said the awards publicly acknowledged the 38,000 nurses and midwives across the State.
“Each nurse and midwife has been nominated by colleagues or patients for making a significant difference to their professions and organisations, and to the health and wellbeing of the Western Australian community,” he said.
“I congratulate all winners and finalists and thank them for striving for excellence in their professions and for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of patients and the community.”
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