Nurses on prize shortlist

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Finalist Larissa McInerney, WA Country Health Service director of nursing Robyn Millar and Lindsay McCall.
Camera IconFinalist Larissa McInerney, WA Country Health Service director of nursing Robyn Millar and Lindsay McCall. Credit: Supplied.

A pair of outstanding Great Southern nurses have been named as finalists in the 2020 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

WA Country Health Service’s Lindsay McCall was named a finalist in the Graduate of the Year category and Larissa McInerney secured a spot for the Excellence in Midwifery award.

Currently pursuing a graduate program at the Albany Health Campus, Ms McCall said she was shocked and flattered to be recognised so early in her career.

Working in the health industry has been a lifelong dream for the rising star who is on track to fulfil her goal of becoming a critical-care nurse.

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“The thing I love most about critical care is the amount of knowledge that you need to be in that role,” she said.

“It is a part of nursing where you are constantly up-skilling and having to learn more and more.

“I am really honoured to be able to work in this environment.”

Katanning’s Larissa McInerney was named a finalist in the Excellence in Midwifery category for her advocacy and dedication to improving the lives of rural families.

When the region’s maternity service was scrapped in 2012, Ms McInerney was among a group of resilient nurses who fought to establish a community midwifery program which has evolved to service women across the Central Great Southern.

“This award I see as recognition for our team because each one of us contributes in different ways to make our service what it is,” she said.

Starting her career in intensive care nursing Ms McInerney later earned a degree in midwifery.

“When I assisted with my first birth I was just breath taken,” she said.

“It is a great journey that you get to share and a very special side of nursing so we are quite lucky.”

The Great Southern representatives were among 30 individuals and four teams of professionals selected as finalists, with winners to be announced at a ceremony later this year.

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