ROCKINGHAM General Hospital nurse manager Joanne Hughes was recognised for being a catalyst for change in the Aged Care Rehabilitation Unit.
She was presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award by South Metropolitan Health Service Excellence Awards chief executive Paul Forden at the inaugural SMHS Excellence Awards.
Ironically, when Ms Hughes first began her career, she was discouraged from working with elderly and frail patients.
But the Waikiki resident went on to become the nurse unit manager of the Aged Care Rehabilitation Unit.
SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden said Ms Hughes’ embodiment of the health service’s values and consistently going above and beyond were just two of the reasons she was received this award.
“I highly commend Joanne’s work on numerous quality improvement projects, including the innovating #ditchthepyjamas campaign and reducing patient falls in the unit,” Mr Forden said.
“It is so warming to hear Joanne’s staff praise her dynamic, collaborative and fair leadership style, which is why she is utterly deserving of this award.”
Ms Hughes said it was an absolute delight to have peer recognition.
“It is somewhat humbling to receive this recognition when I work alongside so many dedicated and excellent staff,” Ms Hughes said.
“It is with thanks to our senior leaders, executive teams and board members for taking the time and energy to support innovation across the hospital.”