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Honoured for the spirit of caring, Mater nurses celebrate awards before International Nurses Day

Award excellence: Mater Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award winners were recognised for their contribution to health and patient care.

BRISBANE Mater celebrated 2642 nurses for International Nurses Day on May 10, recognising their world-class care for patients, their families and community.

Mater Health chief executive officer Sean Hubbard praised the contribution nurses at South Brisbane, Springfield and Redland made.

“Nurses are respectful, patient and possess great problem-solving skills which they demonstrate every shift,” Mr Hubbard said.

“Balancing technical expertise with empathy is something our nurses do remarkably well.

“We receive daily feedback from patients and their families complimenting the care and support they receive at Mater.

“Mater has been built on a tradition of giving and, for more than 100 years, our nurses have continued to provide compassionate, quality care in line with the Sisters of Mercy values.”

International Nurses Day came two days after Mater’s inaugural Mater Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Four nurses and midwives were recognised at the awards.

Awarded in four categories, named after past Mater nurses who have excelled in their area of expertise, the awards were presented at a ceremony held at Mater.

The Professor Catherine Turner medal was awarded to haematology oncology clinical nurse Annabel McKay for her genuine and contagious love of nursing.

“Annabel strives for excellence,” the nomination read.

“Excellence in the care she delivers, excellence in the students she mentors, and excellence in her teaching as a clinical facilitator, clinical nurse and team leader.

“Her unwavering dedication to the healthcare community and those around her has led this extraordinary Mater nurse to be beloved by her colleagues, patients, their families and students, hoping one day to be just like her.”

Professor Patrician Snowden presented nurse practitioner Rebecca Keating with her award for her commitment, excellent clinical care, compassion and humility.

Specialising in respiratory care, Ms Keating was most recognised for her work with young adults with cystic fibrosis.

“Bec has a unique ability to partner with young adults, so they understand how to live well with a chronic illness and feel safe when requiring care,” the nomination read.

“Bec’s compassion is contagious in that everyone who meets her, works with her and has their care delivered by Bec is inspired to demonstrate kindness and compassion to others.”

The Sister Michaeleen Ahern medal was presented to the Breastfeeding Support Service recognising the team’s commitment to implementing innovative and safe practices to enhance the patient experience.

The Breastfeeding Support Service has undertaken a complete review of its service-offering and developed a new model to better support women requiring access to this service.

“This initiative has doubled the number of women supported daily, and the new model provides a resource to support midwives to improve the quality of breastfeeding support offered 24 hours a day,” the nomination read.

The Susie Wilson Leadership medal was awarded to nurse unit manager Kerry Grafton at Mater Private Hospital Springfield. 

Ms Grafton was recognised for embracing excellent leadership skills in her first management role.

“Kerry leads by example, setting expectations for her staff and holding staff accountable,” the nomination read.

“She now has a high-performing team and recognises good practice in other departments.”

Chief nursing and midwifery officer Callan Battley said he was delighted the standard of nominations was so high.

“We have an exceptional team of nurses and midwives here at Mater and I am delighted to have been able to instigate these awards to acknowledge our hard-working and dedicated staff,” Mr Battley said.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the award recipients and am proud to have you as part of the Mater team.”

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