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Awards for nurses who go above and beyond call of duty

Three Macarthur region nurses were among the winners of the annual Excellence in nursing and midwifery awards.

Neil Keenan and Joshua Paroz, of Campbelltown Hospital, were joint winners in the Excellence in nursing – enrolled nurse category, while Brian Lane of Camden-Campbelltown Hospitals took out the Excellence in nursing or midwifery management award.

A total of 13 nurses and midwives were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to the NSW health system.

The winners were chosen from among 43 finalists, including nine from regional and rural NSW, across 12 categories ranging from excellence in practice to clinical leadership and innovation in research.

This was the seventh year of the awards.

Brian Lane receives his award from health minister Brad Hazzard.

In congratulating the local winners, State Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said that NSW was served by some of the most dedicated and professional nurses and midwives in the world. 

 “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the commitment, hard work and skill our nurses and midwives offer our communities every day,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

“I sincerely congratulate Mr Keenan, Mr Paroz and Mr Lane on this achievement.

 Minister for Health Brad Hazzard presented the awards to the 2019 winners at a special ceremony in Sydney earlier this week. 

 “These nurses and midwives go above and beyond to provide excellent care to patients and help make our NSW public health system what it is today – world class,” Mr Hazzard said.

Joshua Paroz with the joint award he took out along with colleague Neil Keenan.

 “Some have devoted lifelong careers to healthcare, others are launching their careers – and all of the 2019 award winners have made an outstanding contribution to the busiest public health system in Australia.”

 More than 53,000 nurses and midwives work full-time and part-time in NSW Health hospitals and health services.

 NSW Chief nursing and midwifery officer Jacqui Cross also congratulated the winners in each of the 12 categories.

 “These nurses and midwives are the best of the best and highly deserving of these prestigious awards,” Ms Cross said. 

 “They do an amazing job and I thank them for their passionate, dedicated approach to helping patients and improving healthcare.”

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