Debra Hergenhan wins 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for April

A nurse who has worked on the Gold Coast for more than 30 years has won the 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for April.

Debra Hergenhan, who currently works as a community nurse for Aster Home Nursing Services, said she was shocked to win the award. “There are thousands of nurses on the Gold Coast who deserve recognition. I am very humbled to win,” she said.

“You don’t become a nurse for the glory of it – I believe it is something you are born to do. I feel very blessed to be able to get up every day and help people.”


Ms Hergenhan told myGC she feels privileged to care for the elderly in her role as a community nurse. “Some of my patients I have been looking after for more than 15 years, so you really feel like part of their family,” she said.

Along with a certificate, Debra wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Award where she could share in cash and prizes of over $5,000.

“I still can’t believe it! Thank you so much to the patient that took the time to nominate me.”

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 May award at

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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