Rockhampton nurse wins statewide palliative care award
6 December 2019
Rockhampton Nurse Practitioner Faye Tomlin was named winner of Palliative Care Queensland’s Excellence in Palliative Care Rural and Remote Award in Brisbane last weekend.
Faye works in community palliative care, providing care and support to people at the end of their lives, and their families, and she was delighted, surprised and proud to be recognised by this statewide award.
As a nurse practitioner, she holds specialised skills and qualifications that allow her to help with advanced physical, psychological, social and spiritual assessment; diagnose and treat health conditions; complex pain and symptom management; order and interpret diagnostic tests and prescribe medications.
She works collaboratively with doctors, other health professionals and community services.
“Community palliative care provides a wonderful opportunity for people to live as well as possible for as long as possible in their place of choice,” Faye said.
“The role I play as a nurse practitioner in palliative care allows me to support people and facilitate their end-of-life journey according to their wishes and aligning with their values and doing whatever we can to give back to them and their families to create memories that last a lifetime.
“This role to me is an absolute privilege. It allows me to serve with purpose. I am so fortunate to do this work every day.”
She acknowledges and thanks the families in the community she has supported over the years.
“I’d love to let them know how much of a privilege it is to do this work with them and my greatest hope is we have met their expectations. They are in my heart and I think about them often,” she said.