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Inspiring Queensland nurse nominated for prestigious early career award

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A Hervey Bay nurse’s dedication to caring for seniors in her community has put her in the running to win a major industry award.

Samantha Brady, who works for Carinity Home Care Hervey Bay, is a finalist for the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Professional Practice Awards.

The 28-year-old from Point Vernon is one of the three finalists for the Early Career Award category of the annual statewide honours.

The award recognises nurses or midwives, with less than three years’ experience in their role, who demonstrate ongoing commitment to their own and others’ professional development and dedication to delivering quality care for patients.

Brady provides in-home care for seniors in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, as well as small towns in the area, such as Burrum Heads, Tiaro, Howard, Torbanlea and Toogoom.

Prior to commencing with Carinity Home Care in 2019, Samantha worked at a GP clinic and then at a hospital, but the passionate healthcare worker says she “wanted to help those at home”.

“Often things that caused the elderly to be in hospital could have been prevented with the right assistance in the home,” Brady says.

“I made it my mission to try and make sure seniors can remain living in their home as long as possible and as safely as possible.”

“I love everything about my role and being able to make my clients happy.

“It feels amazing to support as many seniors as possible in their homes.

“I even had one client call me ‘Dr Sam’, as I managed to get her wound healed when others struggled.”

According to Brady’s supervisor, Carinity Home Care Hervey Bay lifestyle coordinator Carlee Dreyer, the young nurse is always prepared to go above and beyond in her care of the elderly.

“Sam will go the extra mile for clients, particularly if she feels the health system isn’t providing adequate support to the older person,” Dreyer says.

The QNMU Professional Practice Awards feature a total prize pool of $20,000, which is used for professional development for the winners.

Anyone can vote in the People’s Choice Award here.  

Voting closes August 23.

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