Mama Mitra crowned nurse of the year

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospital staff specialist Dr Anna Duke, registered nurse Mitra Katebi and staff specialist Dr Ahamed Zawab.

Blacktown Hospital registered nurse Mitra Katebi has been named Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ 2017 Nurse of the Year for the second year in a row.

Commonly known as ‘Mama Mitra’ and loved by the junior medical officers (JMOs), Mitra was one of six nurses nominated in the annual awards.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals endocrinologist and prevocational training director Dr Anna Duke said the awards have been organised by the hospitals junior medical officers since 2015.

“We started these awards to recognise the hard work and passion for teaching and learning between our medical and nursing staff,” Dr Duke said.

“We congratulate Mitra on her award.

“Among her many motherly qualities includes her support and genuine empathy for the new doctors as they get through the first few months of training.

“She makes sure they take a break, get some food and helps them acquire some important skills such as cannula insertion.”

Mitra was honoured and privileged to receive the prestigious award again.

“I would like to dedicate this award to all the hard-working nurses and doctors at Blacktown Hospital,” Ms Katebi said.

“I have been working at Blacktown Hospital for the past 28 years and have seen many young doctors and interns complete their training here and some of them are now consultants.

“I believe that all staff should be there for one another and support each other.

“To be recognised by them as nurse of the year is such a honour and I am very grateful to them.”

Congratulations Mitra!

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals staff specialist Dr Ahamed Zawab, registered nurse Mitra Katebi and staff specialist Dr Anna Duke.