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Grad nurse earns top award

Felicity Whitten is the recipient of Peninsula Health’s Graduate Nurse Program Award of Excellence for 2007.

The prestigious award comes as a great honour for the Rye resident who attended Padua College in Rosebud and Mornington before completing a double degree in Nursing/Health Promotion at Deakin University.

“I couldn’t believe when they called my name out – it is just such a wonderful honour,” she said.

Felicity was one of 30 nurses to complete their graduate year with Peninsula Health last year.

“The award is presented to a graduate nurse who completes all assessment, project and education requirements and displays excellence in both clinical and professional domains,” said Ms Jan Child, Executive Director, Nursing, Peninsula Health.

“Felicity embodies the values of excellence, compassion and professionalism that Peninsula Health prides itself on. She has excelled in her position, demonstrating exceptional nursing skills and talents.”

Felicity completed her rotation in Frankston Hospital’s ward 4G South and Rosebud Hospital’s Southern Wing and Emergency Department. She is the first graduate nurse to complete her rotation with the Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department.

Throughout each her rotation, Felicity said her team leaders have been fantastic, with the knowledge they have shared inspiring her to explore different facets of her nursing career.

“Working alongside highly skilled teams has provided some amazing experiences and has been an excellent start to nursing,” she said.

“I particularly enjoyed working in the Emergency Department at Rosebud Hospital. We were always on the go and I was able to understand the different steps that occur before patients enter the ward.”

“When you receive praise and positive feedback from a patient, you know your care has made a difference to their stay at the hospital.”