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Newly appointed Warracknabeal Acute Assistant Nurse Unit Manager Keshia Roche has been nominated for a Victorian Young Achiever Award.

Keshia’s nomination is for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health award, which is one of 10 categories for the prestigious awards. The awards aim to encourage, reward and promote the positive achievements of young Victorians aged up to 29.

Warracknabeal campus manager, Acute, Wendy James said Keshia’s role in the acute and urgent care unit was to provide high quality care to anyone needing acute and emergency care and to help manage other team members providing the same level of care.

“Keshia is not only passionate about her role as a nurse in an small community but she is also motivated to continually review and improve the care we provide,” Mrs James said.

“She has competently managed a range of emergencies through Urgent Care,” she said.

“She is a role model for other team members and provides mentorship to all.”

Mrs James said Keshia’s colleagues all agreed that she was dedicated, hardworking and displayed a high level of nursing assessment and skills.

“Keshia works well within the team, demonstrating high quality leadership,” she said.

“She competently leads, manages and supports the care team to ensure the safety and best interests of patients and their families are being met.

“Keshia is honest and reliable and displays a high level of integrity with everything she does.

“I know when I ask her to do something, it will be done to a high standard.”

Keshia is also studying for a Graduate Certificate of Health Specialisation, formally known as a Rural and Isolated Practice Nurse. She has received high distinctions for subjects completed with a GPA of 7 for each subject.

The certificate will ensure Keshia can work in a more autonomous role and provide a higher level of assessment skills for Rural Northwest Health patients. Her training is vitally important as access to doctors becomes more difficult in smaller communities.

Keshia’s new role as Acute ANUM sees her guiding and mentoring team members and ensuring the highest quality care is provided to patients in her units.

Keshia will learn if she is a finalist after judging is completed on March 15. We all wish her the very best of luck.

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