Healthy appetite for training rewarded

Award winner Kathryn Schache. d426327
Award winner Kathryn Schache. d426327

The West Coast Institute’s head of health services program won the award at the WA Training Awards on September 11, presented by Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames.

‘Judges were impressed with Kathryn’s skills and knowledge of her industry, as well as the passion she showed for teaching,’ Dr Hames said.

‘Kathryn left the panel without any doubt that she would be a tremendous ambassador not only for her industry but also as a trainer within the vocational education and training sector.’

The Two Rocks resident has 15 years experience as a nurse, and is passionate about teaching, having mentored enrolled nursing students and graduates at the hospitals before becoming a qualified lecturer. She delivers training in the areas of general nursing, surgical acute care nursing and aged care, while also providing mentoring and leadership.

One of her achievements was developing the Advanced Diploma of Nursing course to train qualified enrolled nurses to work in the specialised areas of theatre (peri operative) and maternity ward.

Introduced as a pilot program in partnership with St John of God Hospital, the course is still offered to enrolled nurses.

She will represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in November.