Second generation nurse nominated in WA's top awards

Two female midwives in conversation.
Fiona Stanley Hospital Antenatal Clinic Coordinator Jane O’Shea is a deserving finalist in this year’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.
April 29, 2019

With more than 30 years of nursing and midwifery experience, Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Antenatal Clinic Coordinator, Jane O’Shea is a deserving finalist in this year’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA).

Nominated in the category of Excellence in Midwifery, FSH Midwifery Manager, Leanne Graham said Jane is known to go above and beyond for her patients.

“She continually works to improve the journey for women attending FSH to birth their babies,” she said.

“Jane is dedicated and thoughtful and always has great ideas about improving clinical care for women. She has implemented innovative clinical care and continuity of care that has positively impacted our patients.”

Leading the Antenatal Clinic, Jane oversees a large cohort of midwives and patients daily to ensure they receive the very best prenatal care.

“I love being able to help women achieve the best outcomes in their pregnancy,” she said.

“An important part of my role is helping women with social and medical issues. Being able to engage and provide them with tailored care during their pregnancy often proves difficult but is also very satisfying.”

Jane was inspired by her mother to get into nursing.

“I have the most amazing mother who was a nurse. She is one of the most compassionate caring people I know,” Jane said.

“I grew up watching and admiring her in her chosen profession. I was most drawn to the ability she had to be involved in people’s lives when they were often at their most vulnerable. She often spoke of the internal satisfaction and reward she felt in her profession, so I strongly believe this inspired me in my initial journey into the nursing profession.”

Jane describes being named a finalised as very overwhelming and an incredibly proud moment.

South Metropolitan Health Service has four other WANMEA finalists:

  • Clive Batchelor, Mental Health Nurse, Fremantle Hospital
  • Irene Chan, Enrolled Nurse, Fremantle Hospital
  • Renee DePrazer, Nursing and Midwifery Education Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Amanda Bath, Clinical Midwife Specialist, Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Winners will be announced at the WANMEA gala dinner on 11 May 2019.

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