ARMIDALE NURSES FEATURE AT NSW NURSING AND MIDWIFERY AWARDS

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today congratulated Armidale nurses Carmel Byfield and Angela Newton on being named among the State’s most exceptional nurses and midwives for their outstanding contribution to health care in NSW, at yesterday’s 2015 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Mr Marshall said Carmel Byfield was recognised as the top enrolled in nurse in the state winning the Enrolled Nurses Excellence in Nursing Award while Angela Newton was named as one of three finalists in the Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nurses were honoured for their work at the awards presentation ceremony at Parliament House yesterday.

“This is a wonderful achievement as there were only 11 winners and 24 finalists chosen from a record field of 239 nominees,” Mr Marshall said.

“I’d like to congratulate Carmel and Angela on the outstanding contribution they have made to the community, the dedication they have demonstrated and the high-quality care they have provided to patients at in Armidale over many years.”

This morning Mr Marshall moved a motion in the Parliament congratulating Carmel and Angela on receiving their awards and acknowledged their professionalism and commitment to high-quality nursing care.

“Armidale Hospital has a wonderful line up of professional health staff and I’m delighted to see the work of two of their nurses being recognised through these awards,” he said.

Mr Marshall said NSW had over 49,000 nurses and midwives who cared for the over two million patients admitted into public hospitals each year, and many thousands more who received their care in the community.

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