Nurse recognised for brightening the lives of patients and colleagues

A female nurse sits in a garden setting
Fiona Stanley Hospital Enrolled Nurse Debra Tascone
January 19, 2021

Being able to brighten up someone’s day when they feel unwell, sad or lonely in Fiona Stanley Hospital’s general medical ward is what makes Debra Tascone love being a nurse

The compassionate care Debra provides for her patients has seen her become a finalist in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA), in the Excellence in Enrolled Nursing category.

“I love building a rapport with my patients, and distracting them to think about things other than their health condition,” Debra said.

“I try to make a difference to my patients with good old-fashioned, basic nursing care like the simple cleaning of teeth, repositioning or assistance in the shower, and try to instil the value of good, basic care in trainee nurses.”

As an enrolled nurse and well-respected member of the general medical team, Debra was nominated by her colleagues for providing excellence in patient-centred care.

Nurse Unit Manager, Sam Morgan said Debra made her patients feel special and was a role model to her colleagues, always seeking to find the good in every shift.

“She inspires her colleagues to make a difference to the lives of their patients and is passionate about teaching good, basic nursing care to other nurses,” said Sam.

“Her communication skills of listening and supporting patients, and then advocating for their needs to her colleagues and multi-disciplinary team, influences decision makers in planning patient care.

Debra said she was proud but shocked at her nomination as she was just doing her job.

“I have always loved nursing and could never imagine myself doing anything else,” said Debra.

“I am amazed by the respect that I get from my colleagues, and as long as my body holds out I’ll be still nursing at 70.”

Congratulations Debra! Winners will be announced at the WANMEA gala dinner in May 2021.

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