Recognition for a ‘local treasure’ with a passion for caring
Recently recognised as ‘Employee of the Year’ at the annual Aged & Community Services Australia Awards, Janean Cole, is always looking for new ways or interventions to improve the quality of care and support that she provides to residents and their families. Having devoted her career to the provision of end of life care and dignity, Janean has been a member of the Anglican Care team for four years and is employed as Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care for Anglican Care’s residential aged care services.
Janean contributes significantly within our organisation, her position encompassing risk management, medication management, palliative care, clinical governance and policy development. She is an integral member of the local Medication Review Committee and has been instrumental in exploring the capacity for residential services to have core medications on-site so they are accessible 24 hours per day. She also identifies the needs, diagnoses and works collaboratively with GPs to plan appropriate clinical and medication management including reducing polypharmacy. A key aspect of her role is to assess pain and agitation and to prescribe and de-prescribe proactively rather than reactively in consultation with the older person’s GP.
Dynamic and always on the go, Janean is also one of three Nurse Practitioners leading the Hunter Aged Palliative Care Network (HAPCN), coordinating and delivering education to over 40 aged care providers and is confident to influence health and aged care policy through her leadership.
“I am committed to building the workforce capability to consult and support families who do not understand the end of life pathway. It’s at the end of life time that we need support in bereavement for the elderly particularly those without family,” said Janean. “We plan everything else in our lives down to the minute, and I believe end of life planning and quality of life are vital components that are often overlooked,” she said.
With a total commitment to motivating and developing the knowledge and skills of clinicians, care staff and families to enhance service delivery and ensure the best clinical and health outcome for individuals, Janean is innovative in her approach and is always looking for new ways or interventions to improve the quality of care and support that she and Anglican Care provides.
“Janean demonstrates professional integrity and ethical leadership at all times. She is so highly regarded within Anglican Care and externally by other Providers, local health care and palliative care services; she is a local treasure,” said Chris Giles, General Manager Community Care Services and the person responsible for nominating Janean. “She brings a tremendous amount of passion and commitment to her role and is committed to enhancing the quality of life of seniors while focussing on them as individuals and respecting their dignity.”