Armadale nurses in line for awards

March 4, 2016

Congratulations to the following Armadale Health Service staff who have been named finalists in the 2016 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Excellence in Registered Nursing

Dennis Hammond, Clinical Nurse, Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

With advanced ICU nursing skills, Dennis has developed junior nurses in numerous WA hospitals through bedside teaching, structured workshops and curriculum development.

He was instrumental in the implementation of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) in the Armadale ICU and provided education and training to staff in its setup and use.

Elsie Joseph, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intravascular Service

Elsie established the Armadale Intravascular Service in 2010 to provide patients with improved access to Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC line) insertion. She recently researched and introduced the use of electrocardiogram (ECG) technology as standard practice in PICC line insertion leading to safer care for patients.

Excellence in Midwifery

Belle Sexton, Clinical Midwife, STAR Clinic Coordinator

Belle was involved in developing a Supporting Those at Risk (STAR) specialist clinic at Armadale to provide a one-stop antenatal clinic for expectant mothers with complex social and medical needs. These include young women with substance or alcohol abuse, women living with a mental illness or mothers younger than 17 years.

Excellence in Enrolled Nursing

Shona Fowler, Advanced Skilled Enrolled Nurse

As the hospital’s Palliative Care Link Nurse, Shona has been providing formal and bed-side education in palliative care standards to increase staff knowledge and further develop their skills. She also chairs the hospital’s inter-professional palliative care interest group to foster a collaborative approach to palliative care.

Excellence in Research

Casey Light, Renal Nurse Practitioner, Renal Service

As the first qualified Renal Nurse Practitioner in WA, Casey has conducted many ground-breaking research studies that have improved the lives of people with chronic kidney disease and patients with end-stage renal failure. Her findings have been showcased at numerous conferences and in national and international journals.

Congratulations to all finalists. Winners will be announced at the gala ball on Saturday, 7 May 2016. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Awards website (external site).