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25 May, 2022

Nurse of the year

Gilgandra graduate nurse, Stacey Denny, wins prestigious inaugural award.

By Emily Middleton

Gilgandra MPS’s Stacey Denny has been announced as the winner of the Western NSW Local Health Districts Pauline Webster-Cox Graduate Registered Nurse of the Year. Photo supplied.

Gilgandra nurse Stacey Denny has been announced as the winner of the Western NSW Local Health Districts (WNSWLHD) Pauline Webster-Cox Graduate Registered Nurse of the Year.

“I feel so honoured,” said Mrs Denny.

“Just being recognised for the hard work that you do is an amazing feeling.”

Mrs Denny graduated from her nursing degree and start- ed her graduate program in February 2021. Before then, she worked in wellness for more than five years.

“We moved my family here, as my partner’s family are on a farm about 20 kilometres out of Mendooran. Before that I was from the central coast.

“I love the Gilgandra community and working at the hospital, it’s an amazing team. It’s been a great experience. I want to continue providing great care for the community,” said Mrs Denny.

Mrs Denny has been a mentor for other graduate nurses and takes pride in making sure everyone is well looked after.

“I know how hard it is to move to a small community away from your friends and family.

“Plus starting a new role – it’s all very daunting. I love to just provide that extra support for our new grads that come to Gilgandra, and mentor them and help them through difficult times that they may face,” said Mrs Denny.

The award was announced to coincide with ‘International Day of the Nurse’ on May 14.

Western NSW Local Health District’s executive director of quality, clinical safety, and nursing Adrian Fahy, con- gratulated Mrs Denny.

“Stacey is an outstanding registered nurse. She has become a key member of the team at Gilgandra Multi- Purpose Service (MPS) and excelled in her GradStart pro- gram to the point she was fast-tracked into a number of other training programs,” said Mr Fahy.

“She is a true patient advocate and shows incredible empathy and care with every patient interaction she has. Her warmth and attitude not only helps to build relation- ships and trust with her patients but also with her team, and she is highly respected by both.

“The skills, leadership and communication she demon- strates are all far beyond what we would usually expect from a graduate registered nurse, and that is testament to both her talent but also her commitment and drive to con- tinue developing.

“Stacey has become a wonderful mentor for this year’s graduate nurses at Gilgandra.

“The entire team at the MPS cannot speak highly enough of her, and the care she provides is regularly high- lighted in feedback provided by patients and residents as well.”

The inaugural award was named in honour of nurse edu- cator Pauline Webster-Cox, and the award was established to recognise newly graduated registered nurses from the preceding year who participated in the GradStart transition to professional practice program. 

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