Sunday, May 11, 2008
2008 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards WA
2008 West Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards
Presented by the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA
Saturday 10th May Burswood Entertainment Complex – Grand Ballroom
Last night was the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, what a great night of celebrations for the profession of Nursing and Midwifery. More than 500 people came together to celebrate, nurses, midwives, family and friends. The night was likened to that of the Logies, glamour, glitz and lots of awards. The fashion was fantastic and the air was filled with excitement.
Robin Collins, the Chief Executive Office of the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA, opened the evening by thanking all the Nurses and Midwives for their dedication to the profession.
Dixie Marshall did a professional job as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening – what a remarkable woman and a wicked sense of humour. Well done Dixie, and yes I watch channel 9 news, however go the ‘Eagles’.
The Hon, Mr Jim McGinty, MLA Minister for Health, presented the Nurse/Midwife of the Year 2008 and also thanked the Nurses and Midwives for their hard work and dedication to the profession, promising nurses and midwives better working an pay conditions.
These awards are presented for excellence within the Nursing and Midwifery professions and are well recognised within the industry. However the nature of these awards also represent an excellent service to the community and as such are little recognised.
I believe these awards deserve greater recognition in the media, in order to inform the community of the achievements within the profession. Also I think that the Minister of Health should increase the monetary value of the awards by a significant amount to reflect the importance of these awards and to keep them in line with standards set in other professions and today’s values.
What stood out for me during the awards was that all recipients of the awards when accepting stated “Thank you, I love my job……….” That’s dedication.
Congratulations to all the nominees, finalist and winners of the awards.
King Edward Memorial Hospital (Women’s and Newborn Services) did very well with the excellence awards:
Winners & Finalist being:
Lisa Nicolaou: Graduate Midwife of the Year (winner)
Tracey Martin: Emerging Leader of the Year (winner)
Sara Bayes: Researcher of the Year (winner)
Claire Henderson: Metropolitan Acute care Midwife of the Year (winner)
Sara David: (finalist)
Deborah Ireson (finalist)
Well done and again congratulations to all.
Photos of the evening
A good night was had by all, the entertainment was provided by "One Step Ahead Productions". Many thanks to the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA, Dept of Health, Dixie Marshall and all the sponsors for the awards, it was a superb evening.