A nurse and team leader who works at one of the Gold Coast’s busiest rehabilitation facilities has won the 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award for October.
Coralie Cameron is a registered nurse and team leader in the detox unit at Fairhaven Rehabilitation Services, where she supports patients undergoing drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation.
“We are so busy here at Fairhaven with an inpatient detoxification service for 11 people, plus we also look after another 56 people in the community,” Ms Cameron told myGC. “I come from a midwifery background initially, but I love the work I am doing now. It can be full on, but it is also extremely rewarding helping people with drug and alcohol addictions.
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“Many of our patients have had traumatic upbringings, they need love and compassion and so that’s where we come in. You have to have really strong boundaries in this job – it can be really tough and exhausting, but it’s also extremely satisfying being able to help change someone’s life.”
Along with a certificate, Ms Cameron wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Award where she could win a share in cash and prizes of over $5,000.
“Thank you so much to 1029 Hot Tomato, not only for this award, but for appreciating all nurses. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the fantastic team of nurses I work with every day, so I am going to share this prize with them. I really hope winning this award might encourage other nurses to consider working as a detox nurse.”
If you know a nurse or midwife who has made a difference in the life of you or your family and deserves to be recognised, you can nominate them for the October award at mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards-nomination-form/