2019 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 2019 Winner of the Nurse of the Year Award is Karen McNulty.
Her nomination tells us that Karen did her initial training at Edith Cowan University and spent her first two years working at Royal Perth Hospital followed by a few years as an agency nurse before coming to Osborne Park Hospital, where she is a Clinical Nurse whose role is to lead a team of nurses providing high quality, holistic nursing care for a ward for patients over 65 requiring stroke and general rehabilitation care. She provides bedside care, education and support to patients, staff and visitors within the ward and across the rehabilitation and care areas for the Hospital.
Karen understands and contributes to teamwork maintaining constructive, therapeutic and supportive relationships with her colleagues consistently. Her colleagues acknowledge her as a natural born leader stating that she goes the extra mile and really tries to engage the patients and their families to get them back on the path to independence.
Karen embodies the traditional view of a nurse – with traditional values, but at the same time focuses on patient care with the 21st century elements of critical thinking, based on current research and the best of contemporary practice. Her nomination states that, Karen is the nurse I would wish for my loved ones to have look after them.’
The RC Karrinyup offers our sincere congratulations to our 2019 Osborne Park Hospital Nurse of the Year – Karen McNulty.