Nurse nominated for career of caring

Award nominee Penny Keogh.
Award nominee Penny Keogh.

She said she was first attracted to a career nursing in her early 20s.

�I was attracted to nursing as it offered a job where you would always be learning, working with people and a job where you could make a meaningful contribution one way or another,� she said.

She has since worked her way up to become the director of education at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

�I enjoy working with my teams to ensure nurses and midwives have the best possible environment to work in, and workplace training available, so they can provide competent and compassionate care,� she said.

For her tireless work, she has been named a finalist in the 2015 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in the Excellence in Education and Research category. Ms Keogh is one of 34 award finalists in this year�s awards.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the finalists had been selected from an impressive field of nominees.

�I congratulate all our finalists, who have been selected by the judging panel from a field of high-calibre professionals and individually recognised for their efforts,� Dr Hames said. �The finalists come from a diverse range of work and practice environments and all have demonstrated excellence in their field.�

Winners, including 2015 WA Nurse or Midwife of the Year and the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honour, will be announced at a dinner on May 9.

Ms Keogh said she was honoured to be nominated.

�I feel really honoured to be acknowledged by peers and that the nomination is a reflection of my team, who consistently demonstrate excellence in providing nursing and midwifery education to our hospital staff,� she said.

MORE LOCAL FINALISTS: Louise Keyes, Alfred Cove, Nominated for Excellence in Midwifery.