Fiona Stanley Hospital trio in line for nursing and midwifery awards

Amanda Bath, Renee de Prazer and Jane O'Shea have been named as finalists in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Picture: Jon Hewson
Amanda Bath, Renee de Prazer and Jane O'Shea have been named as finalists in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Picture: Jon Hewson

THREE Fiona Stanley Hospital staff members have been recognised for their commitment to helping patients as finalists in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Midwives Amanda Bath and Jane O’Shea are finalists in the Excellence in Midwifery category while nurse and midwifery educator Renee de Prazer is a finalist in the Excellence in Education section.

Ms De Prazer deployed the induction and orientation program for Fiona Stanley Hospital during commissioning, and has continued to lead her team to deliver nursing education programs that meet the training needs of more than 2000 nurses.

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She is responsible for leading a nursing education team to ensure nurses are competent and confident to practice at their full scope and was instrumental in developing the hospital-wide education program Speak up for Safety.

“My job includes working across the group in terms of our nursing and educating services to help the professional development of our nurses and midwives,” she said.

“Day to day I manage our team, taking care of their clinical skills through training.

“What drives me is making sure the voices of the vulnerable are heard, what shapes me as a nurse is my value system.

“When I found out that I was a finalist I was speechless and those who know me know that is rare.

“I’m privileged to be a part of a team that functions so well.”

Ms O’Shea is the antenatal clinic coordinator and has been recognised for helping the service grow.

“Day to day I manage the staff and clinics, we run about six to seven clinics per day with about 500 to 600 women per week coming through,” she said.

“My role is to ensure that women attend the clinic, we have some complex patients and we need to make sure they to get to their appointments.

“It’s a challenging and rewarding role particularly when you can help vulnerable complex and in engage them in care.”

Clinical midwifery specialist Ms Bath has worked in the field for about 25 years and has been recognised for using the latest research to support the team of midwives.

“What drives me is being able to make a difference,” she said.

“I was overwhelmed to be a finalist and proud to be acknowledged, we’ve all worked hard here.”

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