Back-to-back awards for Mater Mackay nurse

Mater Private Hospital Mackay stoma and wound nurse Elly Engstrom has been recognised for her unwavering commitment to patient care for a second year in a row at the annual Mater People Awards. 

The Surgical Ward Nurse Unit Manager received the prestigious Clinical Excellence (Individual) Award at a ceremony in Brisbane, after being nominated by her peers. 

Mater Health Executive Director Paul Darcy said the feedback from Ms Engstrom’s colleagues was an overwhelming demonstration of the impact she has on her team and the broader community. 

“Elly was recognised for exceptional skills and expertise, which ensure the best possible care for patients with stoma and wound-related conditions,” Mr Darcy said. 

“Her team feels she always goes above and beyond and leads by example, demonstrating openness, honesty and clear communication, which has created an environment of trust and collaboration.”

Ms Engstrom is no stranger to the Mater People Awards, having also received a Clinical Excellence (Individual) Award at last year’s ceremony. 

Then, she was recognised by her peers for establishing a dedicated wound and stoma care role with Mater Private Hospital Mackay, as well as for her commitment to educating her colleagues on wound care management and leading the adoption of innovative new trials and updated practices to ensure improved patient outcomes. 

“To be nominated two years in a row by her colleagues is a true testament to Elly’s leadership and passion for healthcare – we’re very lucky to have her with us at Mater Private Hospital Mackay,” Mr Darcy said.

Over the past 12 months, she’s continued to build on these foundations, continuing to inspire and educate others. 

When Ms Engstrom isn’t at Mater Private Hospital Mackay, she’s lecturing at CQUniversity, sharing her expertise. 

“Elly’s colleagues were quick to recognise her passion for nursing education and commitment to equipping the next generation of nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary for excellence in their practice,” Mr Darcy said. 

“Over the past year, she’s also become a published author, educating the broader medical community on the utilisation of negative pressure wound dressings, which really exemplifies her dedication to advancing patient care.”

To see the full list of 2023 Mater People Awards winners, click here.

Pictured: Elly Engstrom.

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