The GCUH Southport Watchhouse nurses were this morning named the overall Gold Coast Nursing Award winners for 2015.
The winning group of six nurses all work in the A&E Department at the Gold Coast University Hospital but volunteer to work on a regular basis at the Southport Watchhouse instead.
The program’s spokesperson Katie was left in shock when 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan & Emily Jade called this morning to share the news that the group had won the inaugural prize of $5000 and a trophy.
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“Oh my god, that is amazing! Are you serious?” Katie asked the breakfast hosts.
When assured that they were in fact serious, Katie said: “That’s so fantastic, I’m gobsmacked. I can’t thank you enough for the exposure you have given our program, it’s helped us continue it on for another 12 months.”
John Kirkpatrick, who is a work colleague of the nurses, said he nominated the group because they do their “profession proud”.
“In their day-to-day jobs they are regularly subjected to a percentage of clients that are affected by alcohol and or drugs. However, when they work in a watch house environment the percentages change dramatically, as does the level of courtesy shown to them. These nurses conduct themselves in a truly professional manner whilst regularly receiving abuse from ‘clients’ who are quite often less than honest and in some occasions down right abusive to them. Despite all this, they treat each client with respect and in conjunction with the FMO’s (Government Doctor) they determine what medications each client actual needs as opposed to what is requested by the always ‘honest’ clients.”
Taking out the overall Graduate Nurse prize for 2015 is Aimee Wood, who also scores $5000 and a trophy.
Aimee is a first year graduate nurse at Tweed Heads Hospital, but was nominated by her neighbour Vicky for all of the after hour care she would provide her elderly father.
“She could have ignored the many phone calls and knocks on her door after a hard days work but she didn’t and for that I will be eternally grateful for this special lady,” Vicky wrote in Aimee’s nomination.
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Gold Coast Nursing Awards. Once again, there will be a monthly winner who will take home $250 and a certificate and go into the running to be named the overall winner, where they could score a $5000 prize and a trophy. For all the details, and to nominate, visit: https://www.mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards/