Macarthur nursing staff receive top awards

Deserving winner: Nurse manager Brian Lane (centre) with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff.
Deserving winner: Nurse manager Brian Lane (centre) with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff.

We all know that the nurses and midwives at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals are exemplary, so it should come as no surprise that three of them have been recognised by the state.

Brian Lane, Neil Keenan and Joshua Paroz all received honours at the Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards held in Sydney last week.

Camden and Campbelltown hospital operational nurse manager Mr Lane received the Excellence in Nursing or Midwifery Management award, while Mr Keenan and Mr Paroz were joint winners of the Excellence in Nursing - Enrolled Nurse award for their work at Campbelltown Hospital - the only joint winners on the night.

More than 53,000 nurses and midwives work in NSW Health hospital and health services across the state, and just the 13 best received awards last week.

Mr Lane said it was "quite humbling" to receive the recognition.

"I'm quite proud," the Camden Hospital site manager said.

"I'm pretty happy to get this award, it's very prestigious.

"I'm so thankful to the Local Health District and hospital general manager for giving me the opportunity to do this job."

The Camden South resident said he was extremely proud of Mr Keenan and Mr Paroz for their wins as well.

Joint win: Enrolled nurse winner Josha Paroz (centre) collected the trophies for himself and joint winner Neil Keenan.

Joint win: Enrolled nurse winner Josha Paroz (centre) collected the trophies for himself and joint winner Neil Keenan.

"It really does reflect how well we all work as a team," he said.

"We are often the most visual part of the hospital experience and can make a real difference to people's stays at hospital. Neil and Josh were recognised for the great job they do."

Mr Keenan said he was "pretty stoked" to receive his award and it was even better to share it with Mr Paroz.

"We have a great culture at Campbelltown Hospital and I think you can see that with this win," the Elderslie resident said.

"The teamwork and patient care is so important, and we all work together really well."

Mr Keenan said he was proud just to have been nominated.

"Just that alone made me certain that I'm in the right industry," he said.

"It's a high-level job and the days can be stressful, but it's so rewarding."

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said the awards recognised some of the most dedicated and professional nurses in the world.

"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the commitment, hard work and skill our nurses and midwives offer our communities every day," he said. "I sincerely congratulate Mr Keenan, Mr Paroz and Mr Lane on this achievement."