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A flying start for Arielle

Jan 24, 2020

Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) registered nurse Arielle Popis is renowned for her advocacy and willingness to speak up for her patients and their families – and has been recognised for it.

Arielle, from Madeley, received the HESTA WA Graduate Award for Excellence, meaning in her first year of practice as a registered nurse, she has been identified as a top performer across Ramsay Health Care’s WA operations.

The award recognises registered nurses and midwives and enrolled nurses who exhibited excellence in their work and development through a graduate program, GradPlus.

Each year Ramsay Health Care appoints about 50 graduates into the program in Western Australia, and they remain eligible for the award for two years.

Arielle has also been nominated for the Statewide WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award Graduate of the Year, which will be announced in March.

JHC Director of Clinical Services Ben Irish said Arielle has a bright future ahead of her.

“Nurses and midwives are at the very frontline of health care and the support they provide to patients and their families is invaluable,” Mr Irish said.

“Arielle’s compassionate approach to her profession has impressed clinicians and patients alike. She is a deserving recipient of this award and we are very proud to call her a member of our team,” Mr Irish said.

Arielle said she was honoured to receive the award and paid tribute to her colleagues.

“We have dedicated, talented graduate nurses and midwives in WA so this is humbling. I am lucky to work with a brilliant team at Joondalup Health Campus who are very supportive and inspire me to achieve best practice patient care,” Arielle said.

“It is a privilege to act in an advocacy role and I always strive to make patients feel safe and listened to. I’m grateful that nursing allows me to give back to the community.”

Other winners from the 2019 HESTA WA Awards of Excellence included:

  • Preceptor of the Year:Jennie Young from Hollywood Private Hospital
  • Innovation in Education: Education Team from Hollywood Private Hospital
  • Excellence in Leadership: Wendy Allen from Peel Health Campus