LONG-time primary health nurse Vicki Allan was announced runner-up Nurse of the Year in the 2016 Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Awards.
Now in its 10th year, the awards recognise nurses working in primary health care who have excelled in their local communities.
An enrolled nurse and newly appointed clinical care coordinator at the Bellerive Quay Health Hub, Ms Allan was nominated for demonstrating leadership and excellence in the field of primary health care nursing.
She is well known in the Bellerive community for her approach to nursing, which is founded in prevention, early detection and best-practice management of chronic diseases.
Ms Allan said she had always been interested in working in preventative care.
“As a nurse working in general practice, I would often see many people with chronic diseases,” she said.
“These conditions were having a significant impact on their lives and many of the diseases could, and can, be prevented.
“Therefore, in addition to my nursing, I joined the fitness industry some 28-years ago to assist people in preventing disease before it occurred.”
Ms Allan said she had since expanded on those skills to become qualified as a health and wellness coach, which she is “madly passionate” about.
“I am in a lucky position to be able to utilise all my skills and experience to assist people to achieve optimum health and wellness,” she said.
Seeing deficits in chronic disease management and care coordination in the community, Ms Allan developed systems to identify and manage the health of people with a chronic disease, focusing on the patient’s personal experience.
Ms Allan said she felt “extremely honoured and humbled” to achieve the award.
“Being runner-up in this national, prestigious award is amazing and I’m not disappointed that I didn’t win, because I feel that I have won,” she said.
“Having your peers recognise the work you do as a nurse is pretty special and it was an honour to be nominated for the award.
“For a Tasmanian nurse to achieve this in a large and varied national field of exceptional nurses is a great outcome.”
From a professional perspective, Ms Allan said this award was a “fantastic win” to help lift the profile of enrolled nurses.
“I firmly believe that enrolled nurses are an integral part of the nursing team and are sometimes underrated,” she said.
“This awards shows that with passion, commitment, education, drive and belief we can all reach the pinnacle of our chosen path – dream it, believe it, do it.”
For more information about the APNA Nurse Awards, visit www.apna.asn.au.
Caption: Bellerive nurse Vicki Allan.