Nurse up for State award

St John of God Hospital Nursing and Midwifery research co-ordinator Janie Brown, a State nursing award finalist. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d435870
St John of God Hospital Nursing and Midwifery research co-ordinator Janie Brown, a State nursing award finalist. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d435870

The St John of God Subiaco Nursing and Midwifery research co-ordinator has been a registered nurse since 1989 and now spends her time trying to find out the best way to help patients.

For her tireless work, she has been named a finalist in the 2015 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards� Excellence in Education and Research category.

Dr Brown said nursing and midwifery practice should always be based on evidence from research.

�That�s how we know what is best for our patients. At St John of God Subiaco Hospital the research I do is in direct response to the nursing and midwifery caregivers identifying areas of their practice that could be improved,� she said.

�I�ve worked across the spectrum from premature babies to palliative care, and I�ve worked on clinical as well as workforce issues.�

Dr Brown is one of 34 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 the WA Nurse or Midwife of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Honour, will be announced at a dinner on May 9.

�I am very honoured to have been nominated in this category,� Dr Brown said.

�There are some fabulous researchers and educators in the professions of nursing and midwifery in WA, who are equally as worthy.

�It is a great feeling to be acknowledged for the work I do, which is really a reflection of the great work that all nurses and midwives at Subiaco do.�