Bernadette Burke: Bernadette has been a Registered Nurse for 42 years and Director of Care at Bushland Health Group a Regional & community owned and operated Residential Aged care provider for over 27 yrs. Bernadette has lead in the development and the delivery of Quality Award winning programs over many years and across three regional RACFs. As Director of Care Bernadette co-developed the Bushland Health Group 2011 NP Model of Care which was one of only 31 Aged Care Models of Practice Program nationally selected in the National Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner—Aged Care Models of Practice Initiative, 2012-2014. This model won the Inaugural National Innovation and Excellence Award 2017 for its innovative Approach to a NP Palliative Care Model. Sharyn Speakman: Sharyn Speakman has been a Nurse Practitioner in Older People Nursing for the past 9years. During this time she has worked for the Bushland Health Group developing the role of a full time NP in the organisation’s 3 Residential Aged Care Facilities on the mid north coast of NSW. She has a passion for the role with its positive outcomes & has presented at several Better Practice conferences around Australia as well as the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners’ & other industry related conferences. Sharyn has been a recipient of the Nurse Practitioner award for the Quality Use of Medicines in Pain Management. She is an examiner with the University of Newcastle for the oral case study component or ‘viva’ in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree & is one of the reviewers of the curriculum for this course. Sharyn continues to mentor Nurse Practitioner candidates & support others in the challenging role of providing timely health care which improves residents’ quality of life.
Posters by Mrs Bernadette Burke & Mrs Sharyn Speakman