John Wright, Nursing Education Specialist at the Tennant Creek Hospital, has won the Innovative Supervisor Award in Nursing at the inaugural Flinders NT Supervisor Awards that were held on 22 November in Darwin.
John supports over twenty nursing students a year, often with up to four students at a time on placement at Tennant Creek Hospital. He is a strong supporter of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program and was one of the first in the Northern Territory to embrace opportunities to expand placement activity.
John has worked in regional and remote areas throughout his career, with the past thirteen years in the NT. He has a clear love of education and embraces innovation in clinical learning by striving to provide the most exciting opportunities for students.
When a student attends a placement, he coordinates with other health areas to allow a variety of experiences. With opportunities to experience the Emergency Department, Hospital Ward, GP Practice, Primary Health Care, Midwifery Group practice, St Johns Ambulance and Renal Dialysis Unit, he has created innovative placement experiences that provide students with the opportunity to identify areas of nursing they are interested in and to appreciate the full range of options available to nurses in the NT.