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Local nurse scoops mentor award

MercyCare nurse and Joondalup resident Caoilfhionn McDevitt – or Keelan for short - has been awarded the Doreen McCartney Notre Dame Nursing Student Mentor award for her commitment to first-year nursing students.

The 26-year-old who settled in Perth from Ireland last year works at MercyCare’s Residential Aged Care facility in Wembley and received the university accolade following dozens of nominations by students who undertook work experience placements at the facility.

“I was shocked when I was told the news, but very pleased,” said Keelan, who qualified as a registered nurse just over five years ago.

“Our partnership with Notre Dame has been fantastic and the students are exceptional; they really enjoyed their placements at our facility and were able to learn a great deal about aged care, so much so that some have even applied for part-time jobs with MercyCare which is great.”

The partnership with Notre Dame University sees first-year nursing students gain exposure to all aspects of aged care during a five week full-time placement, from helping with personal care to learning to take blood pressure and gaining knowledge about wound care.

MercyCare Executive Director Aged Care Services, Carlo Calogero says Keelan has already proved herself an incredibly valuable member of the MercyCare nursing team at the Residential Aged Care facility.

“Keelan is entirely deserving of this award, she is a truly devoted and dedicated nurse and is a wonderful role model for the Notre Dame students who are just starting out in their chosen profession,” he said.