The Women’s recently marked International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses Day (12 May) by holding its annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
Now in its 75th year, the awards recognise nurses and midwives who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional care to women and babies at the Women’s.
Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer Laura Bignell congratulated the nine winners, acknowledging the passion and dedication to the health outcomes of patients, especially during a global pandemic.
“Our 2021 winners have all demonstrated outstanding leadership in their respective areas and I am incredibly proud of them all. The challenges brought on by COVID-19 only highlights how committed they are to delivering outstanding patient care,” she said.
“From caring for our tiniest babies, improving practices and procedures, to responding to rapidly changing circumstances and advocating for women’s health, these nurses and midwives have all made a big difference for families in their care.
“They are each so deserving of this recognition and appreciation. They are all highly-skilled and dedicated women who embody our values day in and day out and lead others to do the same. Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners."
The following winners stood out from an exceptional group of finalists for their commitment to nursing and midwifery at the Women's.
Dr Laurence J Murton Memorial Prize – awarded for skills gained in family centred nursing care to neonates. Awarded to Monique Shaw-Roberts.
Edward Rowden White Award – awarded to an operating suite nurse who demonstrates excellence and outstanding commitment to perioperative services. Awarded to Jenny Hitchcock.
Jean Smith Prize for Excellence in Nursing – awarded for demonstrating excellence on women's health nursing. Awarded to Carla Jovanovich.
Jean Smith Prize for Excellence in Midwifery – awarded for demonstrating excellence in midwifery. Awarded to Katrina Flora.
Mabel Kimpton Prize – awarded to the staff member deemed to be the best student in the neonatal intensive care course. Awarded to Laura O’Brien.
Stewart Prize Excellence in Postgraduate Nursing – awarded to the best beginner practitioner nurse. Awarded jointly to Eboni Wall and Lynda Prince.
Stewart Prize Excellence in Postgraduate Midwifery – awarded to the best beginner practitioner midwife. Awarded jointly to Ranim Chamra and Emma Webster.
Dr Laurence J Murton Memorial Prize
Edward Rowden White Award
Jean Smith Prize for Excellence in Nursing
Jean Smith Prize for Excellence in Midwifery
Mabel Kimpton Prize
Stewart Prize – Excellence in Postgraduate Nursing
Stewart Prize – Excellence in Postgraduate Midwifery