Rachel Cook

7 August 2017

 

Rachel Cook and Sonia Gamblen

2017 NAMOT Awards Innovation and Patient Safety Award winner Registered Nurse Rachel Cook and Director of Nursing Quality and Patient Saftey, Sonia Gamblen.

As the first Registered Nurse in the country to perform nurse-led Avastin Clinics, without direct supervision of an Ophthalmologist - Rachel Cook has won the Innovation and Patient Safety Award at the 2017 Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT) Awards.

Rachel is the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ophthalmology in the Outpatients Department. She was nominated for the award by Director of Nursing Quality and Patient Saftey, Sonia Gamblen.

"Rachel has introduced nurse-led Avastin clinics developing pathways, standing orders and has had her role credentialed to be able to run these clinics independently," says Sonia.

Instead of the direct supervision of an Ophthalmologist Rachel instead utilises technology, sending photos to out of town specialist Ophthalmologists, to assist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

"This is great for patients and prevents the stress and cost of a transfer out of town for an appointment with a specialist," says Sonia.

"She has also achieved post graduate studies and presented at the Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists conference last year. She is also a RANZCO committee member."

The Innovation and Patient Safety Award is for a Registered or Enrolled Nurse who is recognised by their peers as leading the way in providing innovative patient care. Nominees must; be acknowledged for a high standard of patient and whanau centred nursing, takes the lead in patient care and safety improvement initiatives, be professional, be proud to be a nurse in our directorate, raise the profile of nursing, model Hauora Tairawhiti's WAKA Values, support their nursing colleagues and have a team based approach to care.

Nominees must also have undertaken a project that makes a positive difference to patient care.