We’re proud to announce that Shannon Philp has won Nurse of the Year in the 2021 HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
Shannon is Australia’s first and only Gynaecological Cancer Nurse Practitioner. This is the pinnacle of a clinical nursing career and the culmination of 25 years of experience and education. She holds a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing and Women’s Health Nursing.
As well as being dedicated to supporting women with gynaecological cancers, she has led the development of services to support women. These include establishing a nurse colposcopy clinic and fast-track surgery support to help women recover better after surgery and better manage their symptoms.
Shannon accompanies her patients on every step of their cancer path from screening and prevention, to diagnosis and onwards. As a Nurse Practitioner, she can prescribe treatment, order and interpret investigations and refer patients, saving them a visit to the GP.
She provides sexual intimacy counselling and helps patients with the physical, psychological, emotional and social impact of the disease, in the way no other specialist member of the care team does.
Shannon provides holistic care including health promotion and screening for other types of cancer. She covers lifestyle factors and will refer to exercise physiology or dietetics where needed. She discusses fertility options with her patients and provides information and support for the side effects of treatment, like lymphoedema.
Shannon is incredibly passionate about inspiring the next generation of nurses to follow in her footsteps. She is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator of Cancer and Haematology Nursing at the Susan Wakil School of Nursing, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney, for post-graduate nurses. She mentors and trains specialist nurses and training nurse practitioners throughout the country.
She is a prolific researcher, contributing to greater understanding of women’s experience with cancer and improving their quality of life. With a strong desire to increase the evidence base for her patients, she has than 20 publications to her name.
As a researcher working in a clinical environment, she has been able to get changes into practice faster. Her research interests lie in many aspects relating to care of women with gynaecological cancers, particularly patient satisfaction and experience, quality of life, fast track surgical care, and women’s experience of Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD).
Her patient-centred model of care underpinned by research has led to important changes in practice and demonstrably better outcomes for women.
Shannon plans to put the prize money towards researching women’s experience of colposcopy, especially addressing barriers to attending a colposcopy clinic.
Shannon was previously the recipient of the Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award.
This is most well-deserved, we’re so proud of you Shannon. Congratulations!