HESTA Innovation in Education Awards

Sep 04, 2017

Two Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) nurses have won Ramsay Health Care’s ‘HESTA Innovation in Education Award’.

Graduate Coordinator Julie Jackson and Registered Nurse (RN) Graduate Facilitator Maggie Husain developed the ‘Registered Nurse Transition Program’, which was successfully implemented at JHC in 2015.

The program enables JHC Enrolled Nurses (ENs), who have completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), to transition to the role of RN over a six month period.

The program provides the support required to develop their skills, particularly in areas such as delegation and leadership.

Previously ENs transitioning to the role of RN were required to undertake a 12 month graduate nursing program.

“It streamlines the process without compromising the support, education and training of participants,” Julie said. “At the same time it frees up vacancies in the graduate program for those who are coming from university with no previous employment as a nurse.”

So far 15 JHC nurses have made the transition and nine are currently participating. JHC Director of Clinical Services, Benjamin Irish, said the duo should be very happy with the result.

“There were some 16 nominations for these awards so it is a very impressive effort,” he said.

Westmead Private Hospital staff Karen Lovett and Sandra Southwell (pictured above) have also taken out a Hesta Innovation in Education Award.

Their submission of Westmead Private Hospital’s Paediatric Journey Video was created as an educational tool to better educate our patients and their parents prior to admission.

The purpose of the video is to ensure families are well-prepared to navigate the process of elective paediatric surgery.

Sandra said with increased knowledge parents could be empowered to advocate for their child in hospital through and ensure a collaborative relationship with staff to achieve better outcomes for their children.

The video helps prepare families for all aspects of the admission; pre admission preparation, surgery and recovery.