RPH finalist in 2015 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

May 22, 2015

Royal Perth Hospital Staff Development Educator Kerry Southerland was recently named a finalist in the 2015 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards which recognise outstanding nurses and midwives for dedication to their field.

Kerry’s colleagues nominated her in the Excellence in Education and Research category for her role as Coordinator of the Curtin University, Master of Clinical Nursing program.

Kerry said it was an honour to receive recognition for the hard work and time given to the postgraduate program.

“I am so grateful for the nomination from my colleagues,” Kerry said

“However, the program would not be where it is today without the help and support of my passionate team.”

Run in collaboration with Royal Perth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, the nurse education program aims to teach students the value of evidence based practice.

“We encourage the students to become critical thinkers and analyse literature surrounding procedures and practices implemented in the workplace,” Kerry said.

Kerry has worked at Royal Perth Hospital for 24 years and her involvement in post graduate training since 1996 is what, according to her, keeps her coming back.

“It is so rewarding when I see my students graduate,” Kerry said.

“The one-on-one mentor relationships I build with students and the dedicated team I work with, are the reasons I have been doing this job for so long.”

The 2015 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards were held at a gala ball on Saturday, 9 May 2015. For a full list of finalists and winners visit the Nursing and Midwifery Awards website (external site).