This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nurse Practitioner Day, on Saturday, 12 December.
Western NSW LHD (WNSWLHD) Executive Director Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing, Adrian Fahy, said, “It is so important to celebrate and acknowledge the Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) who work across our district.”
“Our NP’s are highly skilled, advanced practice registered nurses who are trained to independently assess patients, order diagnostic tests, interpret the results of these tests, from working patient diagnoses and prescribe certain medications to treat illness.”
This year there were 10 finalists for the Western NSW Local Health District Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award. “It was a difficult choice only selecting one winner,” Adrian said. The 2020 WNSWLHD Nurse Practitioner of the Year is Linda Doherty.
Linda is a Nurse Practitioner who works within Alcohol and other Drug Services to support people manage their addictions across the local health district.
Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Jason Crisp, said, “Linda is extremely deserving of this award. She is an innovator who is always looking to improve the health outcomes for people within the community. Linda is a great mentor to staff, an educator, compassionate, caring nurse and professional.”
Adrian went on to express gratitude for all of the NP’s working across the Western NSW Health District and hopes that the award not only highlights the fantastic work they do, but also recognises the significant contribution they bring to health services and communities.