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QEII Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner, Grace Xu has received the Outstanding Achievement in nursing/midwifery award by the Association of Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Leaders.
This award recognises her research contributions to improving the wellbeing of her peers in the Emergency Department and championing research in nursing.
With ten years of experience in emergency nursing and clinical research, Grace has a frontline view of the challenges working within the ED setting. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the prevalence of illbeing within this cohort and its detrimental effects on staff wellbeing and consequently, patient care.
Grace’s research evaluates workplace stress and burnout, and the development of better quality resources to promote wellbeing amongst ED clinicians.
“As leaders, we need to look after our colleagues as they are precious resources to keep our healthcare system running safely and efficiently. I am proud to be a wellness champion and will continue being a spokesperson to promote clinician wellbeing.”
The nomination commended Grace for her national and international recognition in evidenced-based research. However, Grace places gratitude much closer to home, seeing this award as recognition that change is coming, and staff wellbeing is elevated to a top priority for hospital leaders.
“I am thrilled to receive this award. It has been such an honour to be nominated by my colleagues who see the value of my research work and making positive changes in promoting clinicians' wellbeing,” she said.
“Receiving a nursing leadership award like this gives me confidence that nurses are making important contributions to a more sustainable workforce.”