Westmead resident Jocelyn Leyshan didn't become a nurse to win awards, but she was very excited to be recognised for her hard work.
The 44-year-old recently won the Excellence in Nursing award for Assistant in Nursing at the NSW Health Awards for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery.
"I'm over the moon, it is very exciting," Ms Leyshan said.
"I didn't know I was nominated until I received a letter saying I was a finalist for the award."
Ms Leyshan — a nurse of seven years — has worked at Westmead Hospital for the past 13 months and was nominated by nursing unit manager Russell Roxburgh and nurse educator Rosemary Luczak.
"I was very honoured that they nominated me," she said.
"I think they nominated me because I am good with the patients and I am a caring nurse."
Before completing her certificate three in aged care, Ms Leyshan did domestic work in aged-care facilities, but decided she would be better at looking after people.
"I got into nursing because taking care of elderly people in particular appealed to me," she said.
As for her career goals, Ms Leyshan said she plans to upgrade her qualifications.
"I plan on staying a nurse until I retire," she said.
She also had some advice for those considering a career in nursing:
"You have to be kind, patient and just be good to people."