Exceptional nurses and midwives honoured

Notre Dame graduates, Roni Hatava and Jesinta Williams have been
honoured for their outstanding contribution to health care in NSW.

15 September 2015

Three members of the nursing community from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Belinda Sidman, Jesinta Williams and Roni Hatava have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to health care in NSW.

NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, presented the third annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards at a ceremony in Parliament House, Sydney on Thursday, 10 September. The 11 award winners and 24 finalists were selected from a record field of 239 nominees.

Current Notre Dame School of Nursing student, Ms Sidman, who works as an enrolled nurse at the Bowral & District Hospital, was a finalist in the Excellence in Nursing – Enrolled Nurse category. Ms Williams and Mr Hatava, former Sydney students, were both finalists in the Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – graduate category.
Now in her second year as a neo-natal intensive care nurse at Westmead Children’s Hospital, Ms Williams said it was a lovely surprise to be nominated. “I am really enjoying what I’m doing, there is a wealth of knowledge to learn in the neo-natal area which I want to continue to explore,” she said.

Ms Williams took up a graduate position at Westmead after leaving Notre Dame in 2013. “Studying at Notre Dame was a wonderful, personal experience, very supportive and left me well prepared for the challenges of nursing.”
Mr Hatava, began at Liverpool Hospital as a graduate nurse in the Anaesthetics Department and has also worked in the Neurology/Stroke Ward. “In anaesthetics I sharpened my skills primarily in airway management, trauma/specialist surgery and critical care. In the neurology/stroke ward I worked with a large multidisciplinary team to provide care for complex neurology and stroke survivors, assisting them in adjustment to disease and long term management,” Mr Hatava said. After his graduate year Mr Hayaya returned to the Anaesthetic Department where he continues to work.

“I am truly humbled and honoured by this award nomination and thankful for the amazing and unforgettable lecturers and tutors at Notre Dame Sydney, the skills base and knowledge they taught provided an amazing start to my career,” Mr Hataya said.

The University’s Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor Tracey Moroney, said the School of Nursing was extremely proud of its students and graduates for the way in which they provided outstanding nursing care to individuals, their families and communities. “My team and I congratulate the finalists for their dedication and service to the profession of nursing,” Associate Professor Moroney said.

In congratulating the nurses and midwives judged as outstanding among their peers, Mrs Skinner said it was “also time to thank the 49,000 nurses and midwives who care for the over two million patients admitted into our public hospitals each year, and many thousands more who receive their care in the community.”

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Susan Pearce added her praise, saying: “Our hospitals and services would not run as well as they do without the high standard of care and commitment shown by our nursing and midwifery staff.”

Nominations for the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were invited in 11 categories, one of which - the Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award - honours the state’s first Chief Nurse, who served from 1990 to 2002.

Applications for Notre Dame’s School of Nursing degrees starting in Semester 1 2016 are due 30 September. Students apply directly to the University. Visit notredame.edu.au for more information.

Theresa Kyne: Tel (02) 8204 4141; Mob: 0407 408 177; theresa.kyne@nd.edu.au