Two nurses honoured

(L-R) Debra Lynch and Kym Cockin
(L-R) Debra Lynch and Kym Cockin

Pat Gable received a nomination in the metropolitan, rural and remote clinical enrolled nurse category.

Kym Cockin was nominated in the emerging leader category.

Ms Gable has worked locally as a nurse for 25 years, starting at the Peel Health Campus in 1998.

Her peers and managers, based on feedback from patients and staff, nominated Ms Gable for the award.

Patients said Ms Gable made them feel special, that she made their day and ask specifically for Ms Gable’s care.

Director of clinical services Diane Barr said Ms Gable was widely known in the community.

‘(She) reflects the values we strive to achieve in delivering personal, patient focussed care,’ she said.

Ms Barr said Ms Cockin’s strength was her respect for the patients and the staff.

‘The award acknowledges her leadership, commitment to safety and quality, with a primary focus on the patient and community,’ the clinical services director said.

Ms Cockin is an experienced senior nurse, having worked as an educator and manager.

Her peers nominated her to acknowledge the support she has provided to junior managers in assisting their development as they move into roles that are more senior.

Health Minister Kim Hames said 43 award finalists ” chosen from over 230 nominations ” would vie for top honours across 13 categories.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on Saturday, October 26.