One of Austin Health’s brightest cardiac nurses, Amanda Lynch, has received the Critical Care Nursing prize from the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.
The award recognises Amanda as the best all round graduate for her clinical work, academic performance and impact on patient care as part of her Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice in Cardiac Care at Deakin University.
All Universities across Victoria holding accredited Critical Care courses were invited to nominate students for the award, and Amanda is just one of five recipients of the prize.
“I am honoured and delighted to be awarded this prize!” Amanda said.
“I’m really lucky to have had the support of an amazing group of colleagues at Austin Health who continue to inspire and encourage me.
“I actually didn’t know I’d been nominated for the prize but I really enjoy developing my skills and providing the best care I can for our cardiac patients.
“The environment we work in is fast-paced and very stimulating, and gives me the chance to develop the clinical skills and knowledge I need to care for cardiac patients.
“On top of this it’s also giving me the chance to improve the understanding the patients have of their condition and empower them to make the lifestyle chances they need to make to improve their health,” she said.
Amanda said she has been with Austin Health for five years.
“I completed my Graduate Nurse Year in 2015 and have always been encouraged to keep studying,” she said.
Amanda’s Nurse Unit Manager in 5 East at Austin Health, David Thomas, said she deserves the recognition for the work she does.
“Amanda plays a very significant role in helping a vulnerable patient group,” David said.
“It requires a lot of strength and commitment to care for cardiac patients including understanding that things can go wrong at any time.
“Nurses, like Amanda, have to be in tune with their patient’s emotions and keep aware of their surroundings to ensure they as part of achieving the best outcomes for our patients,” he said.
Amanda is continuing her study as she completes her Masters of Nursing Practice.
Congratulations to Amanda from everyone at Austin Health!