Australian Nurse of the Year: Carramar woman Angie Monk takes out the top award

Australian Nurse of the Year Angie Monk (centre) with ME chief executive Jamie McPhee and HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey.
Australian Nurse of the Year Angie Monk (centre) with ME chief executive Jamie McPhee and HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey.

CARRAMAR resident Angie Monk says winning Australia’s highest nursing honour is an award for all nurses.

She was named Nurse of the Year at the Australian Nursing Awards in Melbourne this month, which she said was a credit to the team at Joondalup Health Campus and those involved in the innovative blood management program.

Ms Monk’s nursing career spans 40 years, with the last 20 spent at Joondalup where she became the patient blood management consultant five years ago.

The program aims to improve patient outcomes and use blood more efficiently by reducing the need for transfusions.

“I wanted to be there in the beginning,” she said.

“Studies have shown that blood management strategies reduce the need for transfusions.

“Our job is to try to avoid blood loss (during surgery) where we can and optimise patients’ blood so they can recover more quickly.”

She said it had become her passion and wanted to see the program implemented as standard care across Australian hospitals.

“It’s really exciting to see the benefits to our patients and to be at the forefront of this initiative,” she said.

Ms Monk said the award came as a surprise.

“It was such an honour to be selected, there were nurses that were of a really high calibre so to be recognised overall, I feel very privileged,” she said.

“I’m so proud to show nurses that we can make a difference and we do make a difference.”

She also paid tribute to her fellow hospital staff.

“It is like a second family, they are so supportive to me; we’ve all got an award.”