Outstanding Teacher/Nurse Recognised

Photo: Emma Mowatt
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Emma Mowatt isn’t long out of training to become a nurse, and already she’s winning awards for helping others find their way in the industry.

Emma was named 2016 Preceptor of the Year at Portland District Health for her efforts in teaching nursing students.

An enrolled nurse, Emma joined PDH in February 2016 after completing her training through South West TAFE in Hamilton. She had earlier completed a Certificate III in Aged Care with TAFE and plans to continue her education and training to become a registered nurse by enrolling in a Bachelor of Nursing with the University of South Australia.

I left school before completing Year 12 and took a different pathway,; Emma said. I found that hands-on learning was the best option for me.

The Preceptor of the Year award is given to the staff member who has been voted by students as an outstanding teacher.

Emma said that as a recent graduate she had a close affinity with students and was aware that placements could be a bit daunting.

I had my placements fairly recently so I'm on the same level as the students,she said. I tried to not just teach them but to make them feel comfortable.

Emma also encouraged the TAFE and university students hosted by PDH to never be afraid to asking questions and to always keep their eyes open to learn from their surroundings. Helping students also benefits Emma in her career. It makes me think about what I have to do, she said.

Teaching and education is a big part of everything we do at PDH.

Emma said the award was a big boost and gave her more confidence to continue pursuing the career that she loves.

Clinical support nurse Donna Farr said Emma was nominated for her support and encouragement along with patience when working alongside student nurses on the ward. One student said: Emma just gets it. I think because she hasn’t been nursing that long she really understands what we need to know.

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