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Accolades for Nepean Blue Mountains nurses and midwives

14 Sep 2018


A record six Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District nurses and midwives are finalists in the 2018 NSW Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

NBMLHD District Director of Nursing, Julie Williams, congratulates the finalists on their achievements.

“Each of our finalists has demonstrated outstanding care, teamwork, leadership or innovation and made a valuable contribution to delivering high quality and compassionate care,” says Ms Williams.

NBMLHD has the most finalists in the 2018 Awards, a reflection Ms Williams says of the District’s focus on nurses’ and midwives’ education, training and mentoring.

“I’m proud of our finalists and of the services all our nurses and midwives provide to our patients and their families.”

The finalists are:
• Mamta Sharma, Nepean Hospital (Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery - Assistant in Nursing/Midwifery)
• Veronica Javellana, Nepean Hospital (Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – Graduate Award)
Marinelle Doctor, Nepean Hospital (Excellence in Nursing - Registered Nurse)
• Alicia Hatcher, Nepean Hospital (Excellence in Nursing - Registered Midwife)
• Alyssa Ashtiani, Nepean Hospital (Excellence in Nursing - Registered Midwife)
• Rachel Scobie, Lemongrove Community Health Centre, (Excellence in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Healthcare)

Finalist and Nepean Hospital new graduate midwife, Veronica Javellana, grew up knowing she would have a career in health. With her father being a paediatrician overseas, it was natural that she would have an interest in helping families and babies.

“After doing all my placements at Nepean I wanted to continue working here. I love the staff and work environment,” says Ms Javellana.

“As a new graduate I’m taking on more responsibilities and the support from my colleagues has grown even more. I really enjoy helping new families start their journey,” she says.

The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Awards acknowledge the contribution and dedication of the 52,000 nurses and midwives working across the state in the NSW public health system.

The Awards, across 11 categories, recognise nurses and midwives for their excellence in practice and for the significant contribution that they make to their professions, their teams and the community through their practice, leadership and research endeavours.

The winners will be announced on 27 September.