A health professional education post graduate student from The University of Western Australia has been acknowledged at the 2011 Nursing a Midwifery Excellence Awards for her dedication to improving transfusion services.
Sue Field, who works in the Cancer Division at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), attributed her Emerging Leader Award to her passion for teaching.
"I feel very proud and extremely honoured to win the Emerging Leader's Award. To be recognised for my role in leading health professionals to provide safe transfusion practices at SCGH has been the highlight of my rewarding nursing career," Ms Field said.
Sue Field trained as a hospital-based nurse in 1988 and came to Australia from Britain in 1998 after working in haematology and oncology in the UK and in HIV/AIDS nursing in Texas, USA.
After working at Royal Perth Hospital's bone marrow transplant unit Ms Field became a transfusion audit nurse. She completed a post graduate certificate in transfusion practice and then was Clinical Nurse, Consultant Transfusion Services, at SCGH in 2008 where she set up new transfusion services, developed transfusion education and created the transfusion policy manual.
Ms Field says she is now working to develop a post graduate certificate in transfusion practice for nurses and allied health professionals.
More than 230 nurses and midwives were nominated for the Western Australian 2011 awards which acknowledge the contributions of nurses and midwives to the community and their profession.