2018 Nurse of the Year
The Rotary Club of Karrinyup Nurse of the Year Award was created in 1990 to honour outstanding nurses working at the Osborne Park Hospital. This annual perpetual Award recognises a nurse (or midwife) whose daily dedication and care epitomises the highest standard of quality and personal commitment. Osborne Park Hospital has a number of wards catering for surgical, rehabilitation, midwifery and aged care and there are approximately 270 nurses and midwives working at the hospital. Nominations for the Award may be made by nurses, patients, doctors and hospital management staff. This Award, which is displayed proudly on the wall at Osborne Park Hospital, is highly regarded by the staff and promoted extensively by the Hospital.
The 2018 Winner of the Nurse of the Year Award is Jennifer Pitcher.
Jennifer completed her general nursing training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1968 and first took up a position as a registered nurse at OPH in the same year. She completed midwifery at King Edward Memorial Hospital in 1989 and returned to OPH as an RN in Surgical. She was later requested to undertake a relief position in midwifery and has remained a midwife at OPH ever since.
In 1990 following the birth of her son, Jenny recognised the knowledge gap and lack of support for women with breast feeding issues. In 1995 Jenny trained and received accreditation as a Lactation Consultant with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has maintained this certification ever since. In 2012 Jenny again felt the need to broaden her knowledge and embarked on a Graduate Certificate in Child & Adolescent Health. In 2013 Jenny committed to expanding the Lactation Role and guiding the service toward Baby Friendly Health Initiative accreditation in 2017.
Jenny has worked at Osborne Park Hospital for 29 years, firstly as a Registered Nurse and following her post graduate studies in midwifery, as a Registered Midwife and more recently as a Clinical Midwife on the Women and Newborn Services Division. Jenny is a highly professional midwife who seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of the midwives, the maternity women and their newborns that she meets as part of her work. Jenny has a broad range of inter-personal skills that are evident in her day to day work. She is positive, able to embrace and lead change and has the ability to engage with both clinicians and her patients in a warm and open way. She has a great rapport with staff, patients and carers and visitors and is respected by staff across all disciplines of the Women and Newborn Service at OPH.
Our sincere congratulations to our 2018 Osborne Park Hospital Nurse of the Year – Jennifer Pitcher.