The NAMAS that wasn’t  

2020 has been an unpredictable year and as if to reflect the type of challenges we’ve all faced, last Friday’s Annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards and Scholarships (NAMAS) event was disrupted by a code yellow.

The code – in response to an unexpected broad outage, including EMR – was called just before the start of the event at 1.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately, this meant we had to cancel the NAMAS for the second time this year; as always, our nurses and midwives put our patients first.

Throughout this Year of the Nurse and Midwife, our nurses and midwives have shown courage, persistence and adaptability. On Friday it was on display once again as plans were rapidly changed to ensure patient care was prioritised and all hands were on deck to respond to the challenge at hand.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Associate Professor Katrina Nankervis, said she is incredibly proud of her workforce.

“While we are disappointed the NAMAS celebration could not take place last Friday the innovation and persistence you have shown throughout this year, regardless of the circumstances, is remarkable and I’m extremely proud.

“It makes me incredibly proud and to be honest, sometimes in awe. Importantly, we have found a new date to celebrate the NAMAS. They will now take place on Friday 18 December at 1.30pm. More details will be available shortly.”

Approved by Katrina Nankervis 

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