SW grad­u­ate wins nurse of year prize

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

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.

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