The 2021 ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards were celebrated on Thursday 6 May.
Congratulations to all winners of the 2021 ACT Excellence Awards!
Nurse of the Year 2021 - Kirsty Cummin, Weston Creek Walk in Centre, Canberra Health Services
An outstanding team leader the Walk in Centre, Kirsty Cummin was nominated for her strong communications and exceptional listening skills. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Kirsty extended her role to the Respiratory Assessment Clinic, assisting with COVID testing. More recently her responsibilities were extended to delivering care to those in hotel quarantine and overseeing staff delivering care in the medi-hotel. Despite extended responsibilities, Kirsty consistently maintained high levels of professionalism with exceptional communication to all staff, ancillary staff, patients, and relatives.
Midwife of the Year 2021 - Jessica Boutzos, Maternity Services Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce
As a midwife at Calvary Public Hospital, Jessica Boutzos is parent-focussed, caring, and collaborative. This year, in collaboration with a nurse practitioner from the Emergency Department, Jessica developed an early pregnancy loss support package to assist staff – initially intended for the emergency department but applicable to all areas of the hospital.
Team of the Year 2021 - Ward 11B, Aged Care, Canberra Health Services
By communicating with patients and family members compassionately and understanding how confronting and stressful a hospital admission can be, the team is dedicated to providing their patients positive end of life care. Throughout this communication they build positive and meaningful relationships with patients and their families.
Excellence in Management Practice - Nicole Slater, Emergency Department, Canberra Health Services
As Assistant Director of Nursing in the emergency department at Canberra Health Services, Nicole Slater fosters leadership and knowledge among her team of senior nurses. She consistently strives for improvements to the working environment of the emergency department and is an advocate for professional and personal growth, encouraging staff development opportunities.
Excellence in Leadership Practice - Wendy Beckingham, Infection Prevention and Control, Canberra Health Services
Wendy Beckingham leads a team of dedicated health professionals with the role of minimising infection risks for patients, health care workers, and the public. She has developed a dedicated team of infection prevention and control experts, training and mentoring her own staff and nurses from across the territory both in public and private health services.
Excellence in Clinical Practice - Nicole Shiels, Tuggeranong Community Nursing Team
Nicole Shiels is well-respected in her role as Southside Complex Care Clinical Nurse Consultant. She demonstrates compassion and care in her role supporting clinicians to manage patients with complex care needs and support patients to navigate health service systems. Nicole brings exceptional insight and an ability to work with people at their most vulnerable, assisting both patients and clinicians during difficult care decisions.
Excellence in Educational Practice - Jodie Murray, Learning and Development, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital
Jodie Murray developed the Learning and Development team from its beginning, growing it to a team of six who provide educational support across Calvary Bruce Private Hospital. This included developing a two-day orientation program for new staff members structured around the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice - Stephanie Parry, Justice Health, Canberra Health Services
Stephanie Parry is a registered nurse at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, where she demonstrates outstanding commitment to her work. By continually improving her knowledge and skills she ensures positive patient outcomes, empathising with her clients and providing considerate care to some the community’s most vulnerable members.