Two Concord nurses finalists in state awards
Two Concord Hospital nurses have been named as finalists in the 2018 NSW Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, to be announced on September 28.
Christine Parker and Hannah Bannell were chosen from a field of more than 52,000 nurses and midwives across NSW as finalists in the Clinical Leadership category, one of 11 categories
The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise nurses and midwives for their excellence in practice and the significant contribution they make to their professions, their teams and the community through their practice, leadership and research endeavours.
Chris Parker is the nursing unit manager of Concord's Burns Unit, part of the Statewide Burns Service.
She has more than 26 years' experience in caring for patients with burn injuries, working in Australia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland, is an active leader and is passionate about a collaborative, holistic approach to burns care and education. Chris provides ongoing expert knowledge to patients, their relatives, the health care team and the wider community and is widely respected by all who know her.
Hannah is the nursing unit manager of the renal ward and dialysis unit, and focuses on fostering the best work environment for her staff to improve patient outcomes.
Under her leadership, Renal Services at Concord engaged in a Fiji Sister Renal Program which involves assisting nurses in Fiji to set up their own renal and dialysis units.
"At Sydney Local Health District, we are very fortunate to have some extraordinary nurses and midwives who go above and beyond every day in delivering excellent patient care while maintaining a passion for education, research and inspiring leadership," the District's Director of Nursing and Midwifery Ivanka Komusanac said.
"I wish Chris and Hannah the very best of luck in the awards. Whatever the outcome, we are privileged and honoured to have them working with us."
Concord Hospital's Director of Nursing Sharne Hogan said Hannah and Chris were deserving nominees.
"While they are from very different nursing specialties, they both demonstrate exceptional dedication to their craft through their leadership, guidance and support of other nursing staff at Concord, nationally and internationally," Ms Hogan said.
Last year, RPA's Claudia Pollauszach took out the Excellence in Nursing - Registered Nurse award; Hala Phipps was a finalist in the Excellence in Innovation - Research category and Amal Helou was awarded the Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, the ceremony will be held at NSW Parliament House on September 27. The awards will be presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon Brad Hazzard, the NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff, and the NSW Health Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Jacqui Cross.
Winners and finalists will be listed on the NSW Health website on 28 September