St John nurses ex­cel at Awards

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

THE WA Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Ex­cel­lence Awards recog­nised the achieve­ments of two nurses at St John of God Su­bi­aco Hospi­tal (SJOGSH) this month.

En­rolled nurse Jeanette Tai won the Ex­cel­lence in En­rolled Nurs­ing cat­e­gory for her work in es­tab­lish­ing and lead­ing the hospi­tal’s Clin­i­cal Equip­ment Li­brary ser­vice.

Clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist Ann An­netts won the Con­sumer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion cat­e­gory for her work with the hospi­tal’s Drug and Al­co­hol With­drawal Net­work (DAWN).

SJOGSH clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist Justin Dorigo was ac­knowl­edged as a fi­nal­ist in the Ex­cel­lence in Pri­mary, Public and Com­mu­nity Care sec­tion for his work with DAWN.

The hospi­tal’s Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery di­rec­tor Laura Colvin said it was “fan­tas­tic to see the ef­forts of Jean­nette Tai and Ann An­netts be­ing recog­nised”.

“Jeanette and Ann work ex­tremely hard to en­sure our pa­tients re­ceive the high­est qual­ity care and are a great re­flec­tion of the ex­cep­tional care pro­vided at the hospi­tal,” she said.

Ms An­netts was nom­i­nated for the award by the mother of one of her clients, who said her em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing gave the fam­ily con­fi­dence a pos­i­tive out­come could be achieved.

“The DAWN pro­gram was ideal for my daugh­ter,” she said.

“Be­ing home-based meant no pres­sure is placed on the client to get them­selves to ap­point­ments in a for­eign set­ting.

“The fa­mil­iar­ity and se­cu­rity of be­ing in their own home al­lows the client to be more re­laxed and open.

“Over the time that Ann came into my daugh­ter’s home, on a daily ba­sis, she didn’t just do the job that was re­quired: she en­com­passed all that was hap­pen­ing in our lives. She as­sisted my daugh­ter to deal with other com­plex­i­ties of her sit­u­a­tion.”

Ms Tai es­tab­lished the Clin­i­cal Equip­ment Li­brary a few years ago to cen­tralise equip­ment ac­cess.

Since then she has es­tab­lished sev­eral sys­tems to en­sure the smooth running of the li­brary so staff can ef­fec­tively and eas­ily ac­cess equip­ment.

En­rolled nurse Jeanette Tai with her award.

Clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist Ann An­netts re­ceives her award.

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