Bundaberg nurse Colleen McGoldrick has won an award for her contribution to chronic disease management practices.
Bundaberg nurse Colleen McGoldrick has won an award for her contribution to chronic disease management practices. Leta Cavander

Colleen receives nursing award

COLLEEN McGoldrick’s father died when she was 15 years old.

She was with her mother and other siblings in their family home in north England when her father suffered the massive heart attack.

Her dad’s death gave her even more motivation to become a nurse.

“Even at that age I thought there was something I could do (to prevent his death),” Ms McGoldrick said.

After 22 years in nursing, Ms McGoldrick’s passion for her career and her expertise in chronic disease management was recognised with a national award she received last week.

At a ceremony in Sydney Ms McGoldrick received the Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) Best Practice Nurse Award for chronic disease management.

“The best part of nursing is that when people are seriously ill, we act to make their quality of life more comfortable, no matter what happens at the end,” Ms McGoldrick said.



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