Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Nursing graduate, Janry Ballesteros has been recognised as this year's NT New to Practice Nurse / Midwife of the Year. He is pictured with Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Catherine Turner
CDU Nursing graduate, Janry Ballesteros has been recognised as this year's NT New to Practice Nurse / Midwife of the Year. He is pictured with Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Catherine Turner

Nursing graduate wins Excellence Award

CDU Nursing graduate, Janry Ballesteros has won the 2019 NT Nursing and Midwifery “New to Practice Nurse / Midwife of the Year” Excellence Award.

The Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding efforts of nurses and midwives who are exemplars in their profession, and who make a difference on a daily basis to the health and wellbeing of Territorians.

Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Catherine Turner said it was rewarding to see a graduate performing at such a high standard. She congratulated Janry on his achievement.

“Janry has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all his endeavours and we look forward to seeing his career develop,” Professor Turner said.

Mr Ballesteros graduated in December 2017 and was accepted into the graduate program at Royal Darwin Hospital. After completing his first rotation in 3B Oncology, Mr Ballesteros moved to Palmerston Community Care.

Over time he developed a passion for community care, getting to know the clients and their stories, and providing them with the best possible care.

“At first, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to help people as much as I could in the hospital setting, but then I realised the work we do in the community helps keep people out of hospital,” he said.

“I really loved working there. The team was very supportive, they challenged me and taught me to have confidence in myself. I’m so grateful for their nomination.”

Now working full-time at Royal Darwin Hospital, Mr Ballesteros is already looking at doing postgraduate studies in oncology or neurology.

He said he wanted to continue his studies while he was still in the study habit and before he started a family.

“I treat everyone like family and give them the best of me,” he said. “Each shift my aim is to make at least one person smile.”