LISA HUGHSON, a physiotherapist who is a member of the Royal New Zealand Nourishment and Hygiene Association, has won the Independent’s award for nursing in the last two years.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said Ms HUGHON, 39, who lives in New Zealand, is a strong advocate for people with disabilities.
“She is very good at using her voice, but also is very passionate about the people she works with, so her role as nurse is very important,” said NHMRC president Peter McLean.
“The nurses who have come through the organisation have helped improve lives for many people with mental health issues and are highly regarded.”
Ms HUGHONS credentials include: being a GP, registered nurse and registered nurse educator; being an RN and a nurse practitioner; and being a member in good standing of the New Zealand Nurses Association and Nourishing and Hygienic Society.
She has also been recognised as a member for the New York State Nurses Medical Association.
Ms Hughon said she had not had any experience in nursing as a professional, but hoped to become one in the future.
“I love teaching and I have a passion for helping people, but I have never been a nurse,” she said.
“So this award gives me the chance to continue to do that.”
The award was voted for by nurses and staff from the Nourishers, Hygients, Nurses, Nursers Association, and Nsw Health and Social Services.NHMEC said the accolades were received with great enthusiasm and support from the nursing community.
“We are proud to recognise Ms Hughons outstanding leadership, determination and dedication to improving the quality of life for people affected by mental health conditions,” Mr McLean said.
Ms Hutchinson said she wanted to work for the community and make a difference.
“It is so important for people to have access to quality services and support to improve their health and well-being,” she explained.
“My role as a nurse will allow me to do both, so that I can help improve the lives of people affected.”