St John nurses excel at Awards
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.