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Yvette Williams Kindness Award Winner

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Yvette Williams kindness award winner Robyn Kerr pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.  
From left to right: Gail Miller, Kerri Roberts, Robyn Kerr, Jomol George & Angelika Teuchert.

Robyn Kerr is not only one of Ryman’s longest serving employees, she’s also one of the kindest of the kind.

The registered nurse at Yvette Williams started on night shift 30 years ago at what was Glamis Hospital and was one of the staff who moved to the brand-new Yvette Williams four years ago once Glamis was closed.

Robyn was nominated for the Kindness Award by her colleagues who praised her for her kindness, compassion and outstanding nursing skills. For her part she said she was embarrassed to win because she worked with so many kind people.

Her trade mark secret – which she is happy to give away – to putting a smile on residents’ faces is her rendition of the tune Goodnight and go to bed. “You’re probably too young to remember but in the 50s and 60s it was the song that they played when they shut down radio broadcasts at night. Everyone of a certain age knows it, and it never fails to bring a smile to their lips.’’

Apart from nursing her greatest joy in her job is the work she does training and inducting others into their roles.

Seeing staff who may not have finished school or ever qualified at anything before pass their papers is a joy she says. “If I can get people through their qualifications – and see their confidence grow – it is great.’’

She is proud of the standard of care and the robust systems at Yvette Williams. “I would be more than happy to have put my parents into our care. I like the fact that we keep our relatives updated. I like our policies and procedures, and the way we deal with complaints and feedback.’’

Her colleagues said Robyn was someone special and they couldn’t think of a nicer person to work with.

“Robyn is a very caring person,’’ wrote one. “Everyone who works in the special care unit is incredibly patient and caring but she just goes that extra step to recognise each person as a special individual. She shows this same kindness and recognition to the people she works with as well.’’

She may have been in the job for 30 years but she is not thinking of calling it a day any time soon. “My husband is retired but I keep on telling him I’m not retiring. I really enjoy the people I work with and the residents are fantastic.’’

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