Grafton nurse Helen Lennon was thrilled to win the Jane Ackerman Memorial Award. Photo: Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
Grafton nurse Helen Lennon was thrilled to win the Jane Ackerman Memorial Award. Photo: Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

Deserved award for nursing excellence

HELEN Lennon remembers sitting at the dinner table as a child, completely in awe of her mother.

Hearing stories about her busy day at the hospital convinced a young Helen that she too would one day become a nurse, just like her mum.

And once she was old enough, that's exactly what she did.

Ms Lennon has been a registered nurse for 30 years, based in Lismore for her first three years before moving to Grafton where she has been for the past 27.

Described by her colleagues as dedicated and passionate, Ms Lennon received one of the most prestigious awards in the industry earlier this month, the Jane Ackerman Memorial Award.

"It was an absolute hon- our receiving the award, especially as it was presented by Jane Ackerman's husband, Mike Heffernan," she said.

"The way he talked about her, it just made me feel really honoured."

Jane Ackerman was a much-loved nurse whose legacy lives on through this award.

The award was for clinical excellence and Ms Lennon said accolades or not, she did it for the love of the job.

"I love working with people and the patients and it gives me great satisfac- tion that I can give them a good experience," Ms Lennon said.

"Plus the people I work with are great."



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