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The search for Australia’s best nurses

Nominations open for 2011 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards

Communities across Australia are being encouraged to nominate their most remarkable nursing professionals - in the 2011 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

The awards, now in their fifth year, acknowledge outstanding nurses, midwives, personal care attendants and assistants in nursing.

"Nurses don't go looking for glory. But the role they play in our communities is incredibly important", said HESTA CEO, Anne-Marie Corboy.

With a prize pool of $25,000 - across the categories of Nurse of the Year, Innovation in Nursing and Graduate Nurse of the Year - the awards reward the skills, commitment and contribution of Australia's top nurses.

"Each year we receive hundreds of amazing nominations. The stories are truly inspiring. They are about nurses working in trying circumstances, nurses with innovative ideas and nurses who make an extraordinary effort," said Corboy.

"We hear of these stories because patients, families of patients, colleagues and employers take the time to tell us. This is a wonderful aspect of the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards - that everyone who is nominated has made a difference."

Nominations for Nurse of the Year can be made by anyone in the community. Teams and individuals usually self-nominate for Innovation in Nursing. Graduate Nurse Coordinators may nominate their most promising graduates for Graduate Nurse of the Year.

Nominations will close on Monday 28 February 2011. Finalists will be announced in April. Go to www.hestanursingawards.com

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