South Eastern Sydney Local Health District shines at the Nursing & Midwifery Awards

Jane Barr, from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) was honoured with the Clinical Leadership award at the seventh annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards in Sydney earlier this month.

She was one of five SESLHD nurses and midwives acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to the New South Wales Health system.

Jane Barr, who is the Acting Nurse Unit Manager in the Perioperative Unit at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital, was recognised for her outstanding contribution towards quality and safe patient centred care, and her ability to lead, educate and empower her team members to achieve best practice in their everyday work.

“I feel like a clinical leader is only as good as their team and I work with such a wonderful team at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital, they are all so passionate about their patients, their safety and about giving them the best possible care we can,” Ms Barr said.

She began her nursing career at Royal North Shore Hospital as a theatre nurse before taking on the Clinical Nurse Educator role for anaesthetics at Sydney/ Sydney Eye Hospital in 2017.

Three nurses from the SESLHD Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service were also finalists at the awards:

  • Max Lowe, Excellence in Nursing – Graduate Enrolled Nurse, Graduate Registered Nurse
  • Patrick Gould, Excellence in Nursing – Registered Nurse
  • Keith Donnelly, Excellence in Clinical Leadership

Karen Kelly, Midwife, Royal Hospital for Women was a finalist in the Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healthcare category.

The winners were chosen from among 43 finalists, including nine from regional and rural NSW, across 12 categories ranging from excellence in practice, to clinical leadership and innovation in research.

Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard presented the awards.

(Pic: Jane Barr with her team in the Day Procedure Unit at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital)

Nurse holding award surrounded by her team in the hall of their ward