This year’s Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) International Achievement Award has been handed to a professor from Canterbury Christ Church University, it has been announced.
Every year the professional nursing organisation recognises excellence in the field of nursing and nursing study with a set of awards.
The International Achievement Award is handed out to those whose work has influenced the fields of direct care, education, research or management across the international nursing community.
Professor Jan Dewing, currently a visiting professor at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, was honoured for her work as the leader of one of the world’s largest practice development programmes in older people’s long-term care.
She said: “I am delighted that the partnership between Uniting Care Australia and University of Wollongong has been recognised through this award, along with the work of the rest of the research team.
“The aim of the programme is to achieve a person-centred approach and culture of care, or what we refer to as ‘Inspired Care’, for older people.
“Alongside this, we are running a large and multi-method evaluation research study to examine how effective the transformation work is for the well-being of older people and staff who carry out the care.
“I think the award shows that nurses and the people they work with are capable of achieving excellence. We can also achieve better outcomes and a better experience of care for our patients and residents.”