Aveley nurse Jay Ewers in line to be named state’s top graduate nurse


Graduate nurse of the year finalist Jay Ewers prepares in theatre.
Graduate nurse of the year finalist Jay Ewers prepares in theatre.

His ability to keep patients’ pre-operative anxiety in check, and the lengths he goes to on the job, has seen him named a finalist in this year’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in the graduate nurse category.

“I was shocked when I found out I had made the final three,” Mr Ewers said.

“I didn’t expect to make it this far.”

The father of four works in the hospital’s busy operating theatres as a recently graduated registered nurse.

Mr Ewers had also worked as an enrolled nurse for nine years prior to obtaining his registration.

“I finished my study at the beginning of last year,” he said. “It took four years to complete part-time online, as I was working here as well.

“The hardest part was the 14 weeks of prac I had to do, which used up every last day of annual, public holiday and long service leave.”

Mr Ewers said after being a chef for a decade, he decided he wanted a career change.

“You’re meant to love your job and I just didn’t,” he said.

“I wasn’t as happy as I should have been and it was affecting my family.

“I decided to look into a different career path and it just went from there.

“I just love being able to help people, I think all nurses do.

“Seeing people come in with an ailment and then being able to help is why I do it.”

Operating theatres clinical nurse specialist Tania Arnold nominated Mr Ewers for the award.

“I remember one time we had an elderly patient who was quite confused and unable to complete the safety checks for consent and procedure matching,” she said.

“Jay initiated phone calls and dialogue with the patient’s family to ensure the much-needed surgery could go ahead as planned, which prevented delays in treatment and recovery.

“He is always proactive in addressing issues so patient care is appropriate and timely,” she said.

Mr Ewers said he was both nervous and excited.

“I’ve heard it’s a bit like the Brownlow,” he said.

“You’re meant to have a winner’s speech prepared, and a big spotlight shines on you when the winner is announced.”

The award winners will be announced at a gala event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 7.