Joondalup Health Campus employees named finalists in nursing awards


JHC employees Angie Monk, Jay Ewers, Sarah Oplaat and Audrey Mackay.
JHC employees Angie Monk, Jay Ewers, Sarah Oplaat and Audrey Mackay.

AN inspirational midwife, a blood management ace, a star operating theatre nurse and a patient care expert.

These are the roles of the four Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) representatives who have been named finalists in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Ocean Reef resident Audrey Mackay is a midwife who helps graduate nurses make the transition from student to professional.

Deputy director of clinical services Brendon Burns nominated Ms Mackay saying she was an inspiration to the next generation of midwives.

“It is because of Audrey’s professionalism and passion that the hospital has an impressively high employment retention rate with 100 per cent of graduates applying for and obtaining positions here for the past two years,” he said.

Carramar resident Angie Monk works as the patient blood management clinical nurse and is recognised as having established one of the best blood management services in Australia.

Thanks to Ms Monk’s efforts, JHC was selected as one of just 12 hospitals to be part of a national collaboration, which aims to better blood management systems.

Quinns Rocks mother of five Sarah Oplaat was inspired to become a nurse after losing her sister to leukaemia.

Ms Oplaat works in the medical assessment unit where she plans patient care.

The final nomination went to Aveley resident Jay Ewers, a newly-graduated registered who works in the JHC operating theatres.

He also educates on organ donation as well as helping staff with the processing of blood collection.

Clinical services director Ben Irish said the four nominees were “truly outstanding examples of professionals who go beyond the call of duty”.

The awards will be announced on May 7.