By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 16, 2019
DENMARK nurse Elizabeth Churchill was named Graduate of the Year last week at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in Perth.
Ms Churchill completed her degree in 2017 and commenced her graduate nurse year in February 2018, working on the surgical ward at Albany Health Campus and at Denmark Hospital.
During this time, Ms Churchill was responsible for shift coordinating, care of acute surgical patients, general patient monitoring and escalation, liaising with the multi-disciplinary team, caring for palliative patients, medication administration, undertaking advanced life support, venepuncture and IV cannulation training.
She created a statewide resource that is now used for discharge planning, described by the award judges as evidence of her “commitment, solution-focused attitude and sheer determination”.
The judges further added that Ms Churchill was “clearly making a real difference” in such a short time and commended her attitude and work ethic.
Ms Churchill said she enjoyed working at Albany Health Campus and Denmark Health Service and in a few weeks, was looking forward to heading to Plantagenet Hospital to experience another site.
“To be recognised this early in my career for doing great work is truly humbling and cements for me that I have definitely chosen the right career path,” she said.
“I learn something new every day and that is one of the reasons I love nursing – there is always knowledge and experience to be gained.
“The staff I work with are amazing and were so helpful, especially in those first couple of weeks while I found my feet as a graduate nurse.”
Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at WA Country Health Service Marie Baxter commended Ms Churchill on her win.
“Beth is well-liked by both patients and her peers,” Ms Baxter said.
“She has already accomplished so much, even though she is only at the start of her career.
“I can’t wait to see what she achieves in the coming years.
“We are lucky to have Beth in the Country Health team.”