Busy nurse and volunteer makes the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Dedication, helping others and some well-earned rest prove a winning combination for this busy nurse.

NSWNA member, Keith Cox, NP, was recently recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to nursing as well as his community and volunteer work.

‘I am honoured to be nominated – it is great to be recognised by my peers and colleagues,’ said Keith, a nurse practitioner in the oncology chemotherapy unit at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA).

Keith has a long affiliation with RPA, having trained at the hospital before undertaking his oncology training in London. He was authorised as a nurse practitioner in 2005 and prior to this he acted in a clinical nurse consultant role.

‘I feel privileged to be a part of my patients’ journeys, whether short or long, as they have taught me a lot about life and living,’ said Keith.

His passion for nursing has taken Keith to Nepal and New Guinea to help set up oncology units and to train local nurses. He is also a member of the Cancer Nursing Society of Australia and Chair of their Winter Congress Committee, which is the annual conference of the group.

Keith is also an honorary consultant at the University of Sydney and has tutored in chemotherapy at The Australian College of Nursing.
Clearly, Keith is a dedicated nurse and his care and service also flow on into other community areas including his work with CanTeen, St Vincent de Paul and volunteering through his local parish.

Keith loves his work and believes that nurses and volunteers like himself need to consider their own well-being too – ‘I don’t forget to recharge my batteries as my patients cannot have sadness around them. I take care of myself and make sure I have a balanced life amongst my nursing and volunteer work,’ he said.

Keith’s award and medal will be presented at Government House in September.