Highlands nurse a finalist in Healthcare Excellence awards
Highlands nurse Judy Bucason with resident Shack Manon
A new initiative at Metlifecare Highlands is encouraging residents and their loved ones to speak honestly about the process of preparing for dying.
Highlands nurse and palliative care champion Judy Bucasan has teamed up with Totara Hospice to launch the Palliative Outcomes Initiative (POI) at the care home. Palliative care seeks to improve life and provide dignified support for those facing a life-limiting illness. Through POI, clinicians are assisted to identify those in the last six to twelve months of life and develop individualised strategies around their quality of life, family disputes or concerns.
Judy’s tireless work on the programme has earned her a position as a finalist in the Leecare Stand-out Individual Award at the 2020 NZACA/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care Awards, due to be announced in December.
I’m thrilled to be a finalist and humbled by the nomination. I feel like I don’t deserve it because I am just doing my job and it’s never crossed my mind to do the things I do in order to get an award,” says Judy, who has been a nurse at Highlands since February 2019.