2016 Nurse of the Year


The Rotary Club of Karrinyup Nurse of the Year Award was created some 26 years ago 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 2016 Winner of the Nurse of the Year Award is after Hours Clinical Nurse Manager Mrs. Rebecca Crellin. 

Rebecca commenced her nursing career 1990 at Hollywood Hospital after completing a Diploma and Bachelor of Applied Science at Curtin University.  In 1992 she became a critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH).  This marked the commencement of 22 years of service at RPH.  During her time at RPH she worked in many varied roles including After Hours Clinical Nurse Specialist, After Hours Nurse Manager, Staff Development Educator and Coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Support Unit.  Rebecca completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Facilitation.  In 2014 she was appointed After Hours Clinical Nurse Manager at Osborne Park Hospital OPH.  This role requires Rebecca to take responsibility for the management of human resources, environmental safety and bed management to support site based services after hours.  Since commencing her role at OPH she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management at the University of Notre Dame, graduating at the top of her class.

Rebecca has been identified by her peers as an exceptional leader and clinician.  She has been involved in numerous projects at the Osborne Park Hospital, which have sought to improve patient care, staff working environment as well as support organisational wide initiatives.

One of Rebecca’s projects was to develop, implement and evaluate a decision making process for the hospital’s First Aid Room and the after hour emergency type presentations which the Duty Nurse Managers are required to respond to.  This process was adopted and now provides clear guidance for staff and a safer level of care for the public.

Rebecca is a volunteer instructor for Advanced Life Support with St Johns Ambulance within both the metropolitan and rural areas

Rebecca’s nominations came from Hospital Executive personnel, peers and staff she manages, reinforcing the positive role she has throughout OPH.

Our sincere congratulations to our 2016 Osborne Park Hospital Nurse of the Year – Rebecca Crellin.

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