Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital staff up for nursing awards


Casey Light (nurse practitioner), Belle Sexton (clinical midwife), Dennis Hammond (clinical nurse), Elsie Joseph (clinical nurse specialist) and Shona Fowler (enrolled nurse) Picture: Marie Nirme d450913
Casey Light (nurse practitioner), Belle Sexton (clinical midwife), Dennis Hammond (clinical nurse), Elsie Joseph (clinical nurse specialist) and Shona Fowler (enrolled nurse) Picture: Marie Nirme d450913

ARMADALE-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital could boast as many as five recipients of WA Nursing Awards after nominations were announced ahead of the ceremony on May 7.

Elsie Joseph and Dennis Hammond will battle for the excellence in registered nursing category; Belle Sexton will be looking to claim the excellence in midwifery award while Casey Light is nominated for excellence in research and Shona Fowler for excellence in enrolled nursing.

Ms Fowler said she felt honoured by the nomination.

“I felt very privileged as I had just been doing a job I love,” she said.

“This would be my proudest achievement in my career to date. It’s a great feeling knowing my peers have recognised my work and felt it worthy of a nomination.”

It was a feeling shared by Ms Joseph.

“I was very excited and overwhelmed when I first heard I was nominated,” she said.

“As a nurse, I feel for the patients I care for and want to do something to make a positive difference in their lives.

“I would not have been able to achieve so much in my career without determination, positive attitude, taking the initiative and rising up to challenges.”

Mr Hammond said the nomination led him to love his job even more.

“Nursing is like any other job where if you really enjoy your work it’s not so tough,” he said.

“Being able to perform at an advanced level certainly provides an immense job satisfaction.”

Winners will be announced at a gala ball at Perth Convention Centre on Saturday May 7.