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Graduate of the Year finalist ‘born’ to be a nurse

Mar 13, 2017

Currambine resident Marlise Brink has been named a finalist in the 2017 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

She has been nominated in the Graduate of the Year category for being an inspiration to up-and-coming nurses, reaching out to university undergraduates in her own time to talk about the reality of transitioning from university to a hospital graduate program.

Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) Graduate Coordinator Julie Jackson nominated Marlise and described her as an exceptional nurse who has a caring positive nature: “Marlise is a very caring, courteous and professional person – it sounds corny, but she really is someone who was born to be a nurse. She’s just got that special something about her.”

“Marlise put herself forward and volunteered to talk to Edith Cowan University (ECU) final year nursing students about the reality of working as graduate in a hospital. She also volunteered to come with the JHC Training & Development team to the ECU careers expo last year and speak to some of the hundreds of students who will be looking at future work options.”

Working full-time in the Emergency Department at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC), Marlise’s dedication to patients has earned her the respect of her colleagues.

Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Manager Vicki Reid says she is well deserving of a win: “Her demeanour really facilitates respectful and positive relationships. Her attitude and commitment to her work and the organisation makes her stand out as a one-of-a-kind registered nurse graduate.”

“Marlise is someone who by her very nature can quickly calm down an agitated person or situation – and in a busy environment like the Emergency Department, this is vital,” she said. “She provides safe and effective care in an acute and fast paced department and is always advocating for her patients throughout the care process.”

“She has also recently been accepted into the ED Clinical Enhancement Program – which is a great achievement for someone so early in their nursing career.”

Director of Clinical Services Ben Irish said he was not surprised to hear that Marlise was named a finalist because she is a clear stand-out from her peers: “Marlise is undoubtedly one the best registered nurse graduate we’ve had at Joondalup Health Campus.”

“Not only is she on point with her clinical skills, she has amazing communication skills and is able to put people at ease instantly - I can see what a huge influence she would be on student nurses who are about to enter the profession.”

“She is an amazing role model to future nurses and we really hope she wins this award because she is such a deserving recipient.”

The awards are run by the Western Australian Department of Health every year to recognise nurses and midwives who have made an exceptional contribution to their professions in WA.

Award winners for 2017 will be announced at a Gala Ball being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 6 May.

Marlise Brink Graduate Nurse of the Year finalist 2017