A nurse from the Gold Coast University Hospital Medical Assessment Unit has won 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award for August.
Jenny Battershall told myGC she was shocked to win. “I am so surprised and overwhelmed – thank you so much!” Jenny said. “It’s so nice to be recognised. Nurses can’t change the world, but we can make a difference to someone’s life everyday.”
And making a difference is what Jenny is all about. In addition to the wonderful work she does here on the Gold Coast, she spends all of her spare time raising funds for the Kirakira Hospital in the Solomon Islands.
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Working alongside Dr James Fink, Jenny was last year able to bring two nurses from Kirakira to the Gold Coast to attend the Nursing and Midwifery Symposium.
This year, she ventured over to the Solomon Islands to deliver basic materials and equipment and to see first-hand the working conditions the nurses faced. “What they face on a day to day basis with very minimal supplies and a facility that is 70 years old amazed us all,” she said.
Along with a certificate, Jenny wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Award where she will share in cash and prizes of over $5,000.
“The money will definitely be going towards buying some more resources for the Kirakira Hospital,” she said. “Thank you once again!”
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 September award at mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards-nomination-form/