2018 Winners of Lakes Nursing and Midwifery Awards
10/05/2018 5:01:31 p.m.

Thursday 10 May 2018

2018 Winners of Nursing and Midwifery Awards

The 2018 Lakes DHB Registered Nurse of the Year is Public Health Nurse, Karen Tonge, and the 2018 Midwife of the year is Vicky Ambrosino, Maternity Unit Rotorua.


Registered Nurse of the Year, Karen Tonge (third from left), is an expert practitioner and a natural leader, leading by example and using her initiative to identify solutions to service gaps. She is dedicated to providing the best care possible to patients and their families and provides constant support and knowledge to colleagues looking for guidance. She goes the extra mile to identify and help families in need, is compassionate and treats every person with respect, which means families often request her for home visits. Karen acts as a mentor, advisor, educator and advocator.

Midwife of the year, Vicky Ambrosino (far left), embodies the organisational values in the treatment of all her patients by showing compassion and building a rapport with mothers and their whanau. She passionately advocates for the women in her care and supports them through many situations. Vicky is a role model to junior doctors and midwives, using her ability to teach and share her knowledge to help new graduate midwives develop into midwifery practitioners. She has given women greater choices in their birthing care and is highly valued by her colleagues for her encouraging and positive attitude.

Clinical Nurse Manager of Outpatients, Kelly Beckett (second from right), has won the Cathy Cooney Nursing / Midwifery Leadership Award for 2018. This award is for the individual who has made a significant contribution to the leadership of nursing or midwifery, through changes to systems and processes within the organisation or through hands-on team leadership. Kelly’s colleagues describe her as an outstanding nurse manager who constantly puts the needs or her department, staff and patients above her own. She embodies the organisational values in her everyday work by striving to improve her department’s services for everyone involved. Kelly maintains a can do, positive attitude, and is always willing to stop and help her staff whenever necessary. She displays a great passion for improving services for patients – especially children and has developed into a much valued leader.

Kimberley Chapman (far right) is the New Graduate Nurse of the Year (2017). This award recognises an outstanding participant in the Lakes DHB Nursing Entry to Practice programme (NETP programme). The philosophy of new graduate programmes is to provide a supportive space to transition from student to registered nurse using peer support, preceptor and mentorship and additional studies. Kimberley is a good communicator and has a calming manner supporting the patient to feel at ease. She demonstrates holistic care and takes opportune moments to offer support and advice to her patients. Kimberley is a valued member of her team and a clear winner of this award.

HCA Rachel Byrne from the Mental Health Unit is the Health Care Assistant of the Year. This award is for an HCA/Community Health Worker who makes a significant contribution to achieving the team goals within their clinical area and who has consistently demonstrated practical competence and a positive attitude. Rachel Byrne has a unique ability to relate to patients in a time of fear and crisis, building rapport with all those in her care in order to achieve more positive outcomes on the ward. Her colleagues describe her as reliable, always making herself available to support those she works with. Rachel advocates for her patients and her positive attitude is truly valued by patients and staff alike.

Barbara Mace (third from right), Taupo District Nursing, has won the Best Nursing / Midwifery Innovation Award. This award is to recognise the teams or individuals that have developed and implemented a significant change to practice or service process in order to provide improved services for patients/service users. Barbara Mace has done great work in improving the care of people with leg ulcers, which are a significant problem for patients in the community. She uses her expertise to improve assessment skills and best practice management of leg ulcers and acts as a champion for the learning and implementation of these improvements. Barbara uses her expertise to coach and mentor her colleagues, improving the wellbeing of patients through her knowledge and passion. She has provided excellent nursing care whilst still finding time to complete postgraduate study.

Registered Nurse, Day Stay Unit, Tessa Johnson (second from left) has received the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Nursing / Midwifery Professional Development Award. This category is a new one that recognises a staff member who has significantly contributed to the professional development of colleagues and others. Over her 28 years nursing at Lakes DHB, many colleagues have benefited from Tessa’s time, willingness to share, and expertise. Tessa is an expert nurse, who is well known for her caring, positive and generous personality. She is passionate about supporting her fellow nurses and colleagues and always goes the extra mile for everyone else. Tessa has volunteered in nursing care in Cambodia and Thailand and has worked in orphanages in Uganda. She is the first person to put her hand in her pocket for those less advantaged or for those in need.

The Lakes DHB Nursing and Midwifery Awards are held every year to celebrate the excellence, innovation and achievements of Lakes DHB nursing and midwifery professionals over the past twelve months. The awards acknowledge and recognise those who have been nominated as contributors to the continual endeavours of improving patient outcomes for the Lakes DHB population we serve.