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WB Richardson Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery

Greg Benton accepting the WB Richardson award
Greg Benton, recipient of the WB Richardson Award

Greg Benton receives the WB Richardson Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery.

The WB Richardson Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery is the oldest award in our suite of excellence awards. It was first awarded in the 1960’s to recognise the highest achieving student nurse from the Wangaratta and District Base Hospital School of Nursing. When the School closed in 1991, with the support of the Richardson family, the award continued as the pre-eminent award for nursing and midwifery practice at Northeast Health Wangaratta.

Greg is a Clinical Liaison Nurse, which is a role that focuses on improving outcomes for our patients with behavioural needs and providing evaluation and management advice on care strategies for those patients.

The evolution and success of this role and the value it provides to staff and community demonstrates a consistent commitment to excellence from Greg. His leadership and mentoring of the multidisciplinary team provides high quality, safe and progressive health care for our patients with behavioural and mental health needs.

As noted by Greg’s colleague, when staff notice your absence and constantly look to you for advice or refer you a patient that staff believe needs better management or the comments that the Clinical Liaison Nurse role needs to be 7 days a week, it makes it pretty obvious that your commitment and contribution to provide health care that enhances the quality of life for people of the Northeast and so truly deserving of this award.

Congratulations to Greg Benton who accepted the WB Richardson Award with humility and wise words for us all

So given the theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is – Nurses: A voice to lead – Nursing the World to Health. I would challenge you all, to ask the tough questions, to hold each other to account, and to measure the care you accept of yourself, and within your team, against the care you would want for your own loved ones. I guarantee that when you can see that we have made a difference, when a colleague, a patient or family member comes up to you, and says thank you, it’s easy to come back for round two. Greg Benton