Meet our Nurse of the Year finalist Vicki Allan, from Bellerive, Hobart, Tasmania. Vicki works as a clinical care coordinator for a practice owned by a nurse practitioner. She’s been described as an expert problem solver with a passion for people; an inspiring leader and an empowering manager and mentor. She was recognised in this year’s APNA Nurse Awards for developing new systems to manage chronic diseases.
“My job is amazing,” she says. “The business I work for is a health hub, which consists of a multidisciplinary team of over 30 practitioners, including dietitian, OT, physios, exercise physiologist, personal trainers, and many more.”
“The thing I love about this job is its diversity – there’s no time to be bored. My role is to assist the director with program development, business, development, and nurse-led clinics. I also teach fitness classes and consult as a health and wellness coach.”
She says nurses in primary health are in a perfect position to assist patients with prevention of chronic disease.
“It is extremely important, as nurses will often have more time to spend with a patient than the GP does.”
Read more stories of APNA nurses at http://www.apnanurses.asn.au/