Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards

The hard work of many of The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network nurses was recently recognised in the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

From more than 300 nominations across the state, three nurses from the network were selected as finalists in the awards night, with Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick Intensive Care nurse Sophie O'Malley crowned the Consumer Appreciation award winner.

Sophie was nominated by the mother of a patient she had cared for as a newborn. The mother said Sophie was: "The one nurse who was with us throughout the ride." She also described Sophie as "Always professional and always happy to look after her son."

Two staff members from The Children's Hospital at Westmead were also named finalists on the night, Renae Gengaroli of Grace Centre for Newborn Care and Jason Gee of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Renae has been working at the hospital for the past seven years and was nominated in the Excellence In Innovation category for her passion and critical thinking in her role and Clinical Nurse Educator.

Jason was nominated in the Consumer Appreciation category by a patient’s mother he had recently cared for – in her nomination form she wrote, “I will never forget the way he took care of my dying son and helped to keep myself and my family involved in his care. Forever grateful.”

Congratulations to Sophie, Renae and Jason we are grateful to have nurses like you on our staff.