2013 Roy Aitken Award - Graduate Nurse of the Year

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Monday, 2 December 2013
The 2013 Roy Aitken Award has been awarded to Ms Chiedza Mahanda-Makore – Graduate Nurse of the Year being presented with a cheque for $250 to further her career.

Chiedza undertook her Bachelor of Nursing at RMIT- Hamilton and has the esteemed recognition as being part of the final group to graduate prior to the closure of the RMIT School of Nursing.

Chiedza located to Australia from Zimbabwe and is based in Casterton where she lives with her husband Muza and two young boys aged 8 & 4 years, all of which are here tonight.

Chiedza was attracted to the Graduate program at PDH due to the clinical experience and flexible work arrangements offered. She describes her passions as working with people, making a difference to improve the lives of people and has keen interest in nursing acutely ill and emergency patients.

Chiedzias commitment to balancing family obligations and the time required for her career are acknowledged as significant achievements. I also take this opportunity to recognize Muza, Chedzia's husband who has been a strong support throughout the year.

Chiedza commenced the program in January of this year and has rotated through the Theatre/ Day Procedure Unit, the Acute Ward and the Emergency Department with a week of observation at Dhauwurd Wurrung Aboriginal Health Service. She is now on her final rotation with the Sub-Acute Ward.

All managers have been highly impressed with Chiedzas performance. Of note were the supportive comments towards Chedzias award including:

  • Integral part of the team, compassionate to patients and very team focused
  • Very competent diligent with clinical practice, continually improving and always professional and caring.
  • Very happy, positive attitude, passionate learner, great communicator with staff and patients / family.

Congratulations to all the grads this year with very close results and excellent comments from managers.

Background on Award:

Mr Roy Aitken had a long and distinguished association with Portland District Health having served on the Board of Management for 33 years from 1960 until 1993.

Roy spent time as President of the Board and was a member of all sub-committees during this time. He was totally dedicated to the development of the hospital and its services to the rural community.

Roy and his family have had a long association with the hospital with his father also serving on the Board. Roy's wife Betty, had been a long-serving member of the hospital auxiliary for many years and remains actively interested in the continued success of Portland District Health. One of Roy's daughters Jenny - is a District Nurse at Portland District Health.

In recognition of Roy Aitken's outstanding service to Portland Hospital, the award is traditionally presented to a nursing graduate based on an objective analysis of key performance areas from NUMs and nursing staff. Areas rated were professionalism, work ethics, enthusiasm, leadership abilities and innovation.

The award serves to recognise graduate nurses who gain reports of clinical excellence in their rural clinical placement and academic achievement whilst undertaking their Graduate year.

This award, known as the Roy Aitken Award, has been presented each year since 2003.


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