Burns nurse honoured for support of remote and rural nursing colleagues

A female nurse leans against a counter in a ward.
Adult Burns Service Clinical Nurse Consultant Share Rowe
May 17, 2021

A commitment to supporting nursing staff in remote and rural areas to provide high quality burns care has seen Sharon Rowe win the Excellence in Rural & Remote Health award at the 2020 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Sharon is an Adult Burns Service Clinical Nurse Consultant at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG).

She was nominated for her work in offering increased support and education in rural and remote areas and designing new systems and education programs to support care delivery.

“Rural and remote nurses are exposed to a wide range of patients and conditions,” Sharon said.

“My role is to provide a central point of contact for burns and provide education so these nurses don’t feel isolated.

“This enables country patients to be cared for in their own community, and the flow on effect is these people have a better relationship and trust in their local hospital because they have received the right care.”

The education and consultancy service Sharon provides also allows patients to return home sooner.

“I love to see patients a few weeks or months after discharge when they are back in their own world or even when they bring in a new partner or baby.

“I work with the best team, who are motivated, inclusive and generous with their knowledge. We work hard to be accessible, build relationships and educate the community so that everyone in WA gets the best possible evidence based burns care.”

Sharon was also awarded the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Board Award at the inaugural SMHS Excellence Awards (2019) for her commitment to ensuring Western Australians receive safe and accessible health care services.

Two other South Metropolitan Health Service staff won awards at the event which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rockingham Peel Group Aged Care Transition and Liaison Nurse Deb Jones received the top honour of WA Nurse/Midwife of the Year. Deb also won the Excellence in Primary, Public and Community Care category for her deep commitment to supporting Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) patients to achieve their health goals after leaving hospital.

Jacob Brown, an enrolled nurse in Fiona Stanley Hospital Acute Medical Unit (AMU), when nominated, won the Excellence in Enrolled Nursing award for his ability to maintain a positive patient experience whilst being a great mentor to new staff and students.

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