We are inspired everyday by the dedication and commitment of our colleagues and it is always a pleasure to be able to celebrate with those of our staff who are being formally recognised for their outstanding achievements.

Melanie Hill

St Vincent’s Private Midwife Melanie Hill was last week listed in The Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, Young Leader. The 100 Women of Influence Awards ‘identify and celebrate bold, energetic women who capture the spirit of progress, helping shape a vibrant, inclusive, economic and social future for Australia’.

Melanie is currently nursing in Uganda, after spending a short period of time in South Sudan last year, Melanie returned to Australia and prepared to return to Africa for a full year. Preparation included gaining support and donations, building experience and sharing the story of the lack of basic medical services available to people living in South Sudan.

Melanie received much support from her colleagues and friends at St Vincent’s Private to support her efforts to make a substantial difference to lives of people living in South Sudan and the surrounding countries. This area is currently a very unstable part of the world. With only basic resources and a volatile environment, Melanie continues to use her nursing skills to provide healthcare where it is most needed.

Christine Holland and Sarah Smith

The Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association (ANNA) is the peak body for neuroscience nurses which facilitates and fosters the advancement of neuroscience nursing, enabling optimal patient centred care

At the Annual Scientific Program for 2016 nurses from Neurosciences are encouraged to present papers to members from around Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

This year Christine Holland and Sarah Smith prepared a paper “Mythbusters” Drain tube removal in the presence of VTE prophylaxes in spinal surgery. This paper won the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Prize which is awarded to the best neurosurgical paper presented in the Australasian Neurosciences Nurses Association Scientific Program.

Rhiannon Carey also presented titled: Getting things moving: a new approach to managing constipation in the neuroscience setting.

Kevin Ley and the Kitchen Team

The People’s Choice Award at the SVHA Innovation and Excellence Awards was won by the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne team under their KITCHEN project. Commencing the project to build on ‘Every Interaction Counts’, Kevin Ley and the team developed a program to ensure they were able to continue to deliver the best possible customer service to all of our patients.

KITCHEN – became an acronym to provide the best quality of care to our patients.

K– KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING THE ROOM.

I – INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND GREET THE PATIENT

T – TAKE THE PATIENT FOOD TRAY INTO THE ROOM

C – COMMUNICATE WITH THE PATIENT

H – HELP THE PATIENT OPEN ANY PACKAGING ON MEAL TRAY

E – ENQUIRE IF THERE IS ANYTHING EXTRA THE PATIENT NEEDS

N – NEVER LEAVE THE PATIENT’S ROOM WITHOUT A SMILE

K.I.T.C.H.E.N has been so successful that this project that started at St Vincent’s Private Melbourne has been taken up by St Vincent’s Health Australia to be used across all of our facilitites.

Congratulations to all staff who have been recognised with awards and nominations for the work that they do.