Eleven nursing and midwifery staff have been recognised for their dedication, commitment, leadership and talent as part of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) celebrations for International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife.
WSLHD Chief Executive, Graeme Loy congratulated and thanked all nurses and midwives for the dedication and exceptional care they give to all of our patients every day.
“It’s been a huge year for us and our nursing and midwifery workforce is the backbone of everything we do. You’re all winners as far as I’m concerned,” Graeme said.
“You put your heart and soul into everything you do and come to work with a clear purpose of making the patient’s stay better and help them recover.”
Operations Manager of the Westmead COVID-19 Vaccination Hub, Bernadette Wykes received the Chief Executive Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery for her leadership, skill development and capability building.
Bernadette managed the COVID-19 casual staffing pool and has played a pivotal role in establishing one of the first COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the state at Westmead Hospital – along with its ongoing operation.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the winners were announced in a premiere event online – with Bernadette being surprised by Chief Executive Graeme Loy.
“It’s a privilege for this opportunity and I’m grateful to be acknowledged for something which is really a team effort,” said Bernadette, who has been in western Sydney since 2005.
“Our success is due to amazing leadership and executive support and a really great team.”
WSLHD Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance, Carol Farmer, said, over the past year the nurses and midwives have stepped up in the face of immense challenges keeping the hospitals and health and safety of western Sydney communities their main priority.
“The WSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Awards for 2021 showcase and celebrate the best of western Sydney’s nurses and midwives from across our health facilities”, Carol said.
“Over the past year, nurses and midwives have stepped up in the face of immense challenges to ensure our hospitals have kept running, they’ve helped keep the pandemic at bay, and they have ensured the health and safety of western Sydney residents – and our newest community members.
“We also pay special thanks to BUPA for their generous sponsorship of awards in the areas of Research, Clinical Care, Community Outreach and Innovation and Patient Safety in aged care or care of older people.”
Congratulations to the 2021 WSLHD Nursing & Midwifery Award winners
Nurse of the Year
Karen Hurley, Registered Nurse in Surgery, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals
Midwife of the Year
Li Shen, Clinical Midwife Consultant in Antenatal Clinics, Auburn Hospital
Excellence in Leadership
Ajit Singh, Nursing Unit Manager of Mental Health Services, Cumberland Hospital
Excellence in Research
Nicola McKay, Clinical Nurse Consultant in Paediatrics, Mount Druitt Hospital
Excellence in Education
Jo Masri, Clinical Midwife Educator in Maternity and Newborn Care, Auburn Hospital
People’s Choice Award
Tanja Nietlisbach, Nurse Unit Manager in Outpatient Clinics, Auburn Hospital
Bupa Aged Care Award Clinical Care
Avril Egerton, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Integrated and Community Health
Bupa Aged Care Award Research
Angelique O’Flynn, Clinical Nurse Consultant in Community Dementia Clinic, Integrated and Community Health
Bupa Aged Care Award Community Outreach
Melaine Wong, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatric Medicine, Westmead Hospital
Bupa Aged Care Award Innovation and Patient Safety
Anna Pineda, Nurse Unit Manager, Blacktown Hospital
Chief Executive Award
Bernadette Wykes, Operations Manager of the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub, Westmead Hospital