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Nurse’s commitment to culturally-safe care recognised

21 Jan 2022


Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital staff continue to be recognised for their outstanding commitment to culturally-safe care with Emergency Department Registered Nurse, Kasey Wright becoming a finalist for Aboriginal Nurse of the Year in the 2021 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

“I am truly humbled to be nominated. I did not realise the impact I have had as a nurse, so I am truly honoured to be considered,” says Kasey.

Kasey is a proud Aboriginal woman from Brewarrina, traditional lands of the Ngemba people.

She began her career at Blue Mountains Hospital in 2017 as a valued member of our casual workforce before transitioning to a full time position in the Emergency Department of Blue Mountains Hospital.

Kasey has been described by her colleagues as a role model who always demonstrates a passion for her work, as well as being a strong and professional advocate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Using appropriate language and putting the patient first provides comfort to all of her patients.

When asked how she stays focused working in an Emergency Department, Kasey said taking the time to create relationships with her patients is at the forefront of her work.

“I treat each patient with the respect and dignity that I would give to any family member of mine. Each patient deserves the same treatment regardless of their background,” says Kasey.

“I believe that it only takes a few moments to let a patient know that they are important, to explain what is going on, and let them know what will happen. This hopefully gives them the ability to trust you as a nurse and become a little more comfortable in an extremely uncomfortable environment.”

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is proud to have two nominees in this year’s Awards with Richard Gilfillan, Midwifery Educator also nominated for the Judith Meppem Leadership Award.

Winners for the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards will be announced via a virtual ceremony on 21 April 2022.