SW graduate wins nurse of year prize
A FORMER Manjimup resident was named the 2017 Graduate Nurse of the Year at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards earlier this month.
Osborne Park Hospital registered nurse Ashleigh Joy said it was an overwhelming honour to receive the award.
“It was a huge honour to represent hundreds of nursing graduates throughout our State,” she said.
Mrs Joy said she trained as a nurse because she loved working with and caring for people and working with a highly motivated team.
“The best thing about being a nurse is making someone’s day easier,” she said.
“My job doesn’t necessarily guarantee that my patients’ day will be better but with good care delivery, attention to individual needs and making time to listen, I can help someone live through another day of assisting them in their final stages with dignity by utilising my skills to alleviate as much stress and pain as possible.”
After school, Mrs Joy worked at Ipsen Street Dental Clinic, where her interest in all things medical grew.
She completed a certificate in dental assisting before leaving in
2012 to study nursing at Curtin University.
“For aspiring nurses out there, I would say do it,” she said.
“If you love to care, you will never feel satisfied until you have worked your heart out for your patient.”
Graduate Nurse of the Year Ashleigh Joy with husband Mark at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards earlier this month.