In the most challenging year in a century for health practitioners, Clinical Nurse and Nursing Team Leader Alpesh Patel has been named QEII’s Nurse of the Year for clinical and leadership excellence.
Mr Patel said he had decided to pursue a career in nursing so he could help others.
“Nursing is a very challenging field, and very rewarding. On a personal level, it’s satisfying to see patients getting better and going home fit and healthy after we’ve been caring for them and managing their health concerns.”
He said he had a special interest in cardiac nursing, but that managing the pandemic had become the primary focus of everyone within Nursing Services this year.
“We are all focussed on fighting the COVID-19 war now. Our ward manages confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, but we’ve all worked well together as a team to manage it.”
QEII Director of Nursing, Nicki Dennis, said Alpesh was nominated for demonstrating respect and professionalism in every aspect of his nursing.
“Alpesh is a quiet and unassuming achiever. He leads by example to ensure the safety of patients is first and foremost, going above and beyond to ensure that patients and staff are well supported.
“Alpesh has a kind and calm temperament and allays any fears patients may have. I have witnessed Alpesh speaking respectfully and politely to all levels of staffing.
“My interactions with Alpesh are always positive and professional. His pleasant manner has not gone unnoticed.”
Mr Patel, who works in Ward 5B, said he is looking forward to a new challenge as the ward takes on cardiac services alongside general medicine.
“This is a change for everyone and very exciting for the whole team to prepare for changes to the ward environment and medical team.
“I am very happy to receive the award. It is nice to be recognised for the hard work I have put in and I’m excited for what the future holds for me at QEII.”