West Coast DHB Director of Nursing Karyn Bousfield, Open for Leadership Award winner Jessie Gibbens, Health Quality and Safety Commission Chief Executive Dr Janice Wilson

Commitment to patients sees rural nurse win award

21 Jun 2017 | Building Leadership & Capability

The latest recipient of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open for leadership award is West Coast District Health Board district nurse Jessie Gibbens.

The Open for leadership awards are coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. They recognise and celebrate health professionals who demonstrate excellent practice, quality improvement and leadership skills. They are part of the Commission’s work to build capability and leadership in the health sector.

Jessie Gibbens is a district nurse who works in Hokitika. She was nominated by the district health board for her commitment to establishing lasting relationships with her patients and advocating on their behalf.

Commission chief executive Dr Janice Wilson presented the award this morning and says Ms Gibbens’ exemplary leadership in a rural community makes her an extremely deserving recipient.

‘Jessie’s work in a small community helps her patients understand the procedures and care they will receive, and be alert to complications after they leave hospital. She helps ensure patients receive the same quality care as those who live in our big cities,’ Dr Wilson says.

Jessie Gibbens says she finds her work extremely rewarding.

‘We’re quite big advocates for our patients. We work closely with Canterbury DHB on the involvement of the surgeon or multidisciplinary team, and have meetings with the patient to make sure they have a good experience, and understand what is happening.

‘If someone has just been discharged from the ward and something isn’t going well, I advocate for them and make sure a specialist sees them. If they need to talk to the team in Canterbury, we try to set this up by video conference instead of the patient needing to make the long trip to Christchurch.’

As an award recipient, Ms Gibbens received a certificate, trophy and attendance at an upcoming Commission event of her choice.

For more information on the Open for leadership awards and to view other recipients click here.

Last updated 21/06/2017