Bolton Clarke Nurse finalist in HESTA Nursing Awards

Bolton Clarke Nurse finalist in HESTA Nursing Awards

Bolton Clarke has been recognised for its clinical excellence with a place in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor Diabetes Tracy Aylen has been named a finalist in the Nurse of the Year category.

The prestigious awards recognise nurses, midwives and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care across a range of health settings.

Tracy is a credentialed diabetes educator with a specialist focus on diabetes education and clinical management. While advocating for evidence based, best practice nursing, her motivation is looking at what the person with diabetes wants to achieve and the delivery of individualised care.

Her work in improving diabetes education includes co-developing Bolton Clarke’s online talking books on diabetes in Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Macedonian and leading in the development of national diabetes policy in roles including National President, Australian Diabetes Association.

Bolton Clarke CEO Stephen Muggleton said Tracy’s finalist berth acknowledged her strong focus on improving care outcomes for older people and building healthier communities.

“Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and it is the fastest growing chronic condition nationally,” he said.

“Tracy’s commitment to working with and empowering older people to manage this chronic condition continues to make a real difference in improving health outcomes for individuals and communities and supporting healthy ageing.”

Tracy was nominated particularly for her work in:

  • Policy and procedure development and provision of expert advice on all aspects of diabetes care across Bolton Clarke residential and home care services;
  • Mentorship of nurses entering specialist practice in diabetes education and management;
  • Co-founding diversity programs including the Bolton Clarke ‘Talking Books’ in plain English and four other languages, the ‘Partnering with consumers for diversity model’, and Translation Standards;
  • Contributions to national diabetes policy development in roles including National President, Australian Diabetes Educators Association and national Board Director of Diabetes Australia (consumer organisation).

Winners will be announced at the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 9 May.

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