4 December, 2022
District winner now a nurse of the year
Gilgandra’s Stacey-Lee Cossar-Denny has jointly taken out the ‘New to Practice Nurse/Midwife of the Year’ category at this year’s NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.
"I was so blown away, it was very emotional actually.
You just work so hard and to be recognised at such a
high level is incredible,” said Mrs Cossar-Denny.
Starting with assistant nursing almost 10-years-ago,
Mrs Cossar-Denny said she started at the “bottom of the
chain”. Being moved throughout different local health
districts, she fell in love with rural and remote nursing.
“I like being part of a community and having that
strong connection,” said Mrs Cossar-Denny.
In May 2022, Mrs Cossar-Denny also won the inaugural
Western Local Health District Pauline Webster-
Cox Graduate Registered Nurse of the Year.
“Throughout the years I have met some incredible
people and have learnt some amazing things. There
have just been some amazing nurses and health care
professionals that have really helped shape who I am as
As a registered nurse for just two years, Mrs Cossar-
Denny has continued to broaden her skillset. Working
in emergency, and continuously going through courses
to advance her skills, she most recently has become
qualified in dialysis.
She has worked at Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Service
for the past two years. The now titled ‘nurse of the year’
doesn’t have any plans on leaving.
“I want to stay in
Gilgandra and continue what I’m doing for now,” said
“I love it here, and I’m so grateful for all of my colleagues
and boss John Alchin [nurse manager] who continues to encourage everyone to do better. It’s a really
rewarding place, and I hope everyone who comes
through those doors feels safe and welcome.”
A virtual ceremony was held recently, where Mrs Cossar-Denny was awarded as joint winner of her category, alongside Port Macquarie’s Rachael Roach.