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Do you know one of Australia’s best nurses?

Staff in the healthcare industry are being asked to nominate the nation’s most outstanding nurses and midwives for the 2018 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

The annual awards recognise nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers for their achievements, or for leading improvements in the industry.

Nominations can be submitted by colleagues, patients and employers, and will be open until February 23 2018.

HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey said the awards, now in their 12th year, provided a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on high achieving staff.

“For over a decade the awards have highlighted the profound impact nursing and midwifery individuals and teams have on their communities and the patients they care for,” she said.

“The Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these outstanding professionals who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care.

“Submitting a nomination is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of individuals and teams working in nursing or midwifery who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and pursued excellence to deliver positive care outcomes for Australians.”

Awards sponsor ME bank will provide a $30,000 prize pool to be divided among the winners in three award categories: Nurse or Midwife of the year, Outstanding Graduate, and Team Excellence.

Each Winner will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account towards further education or team development.

The 2017 winners were:

Nurse or Midwife of the Year

Sarah Brown, Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (Western Desert Dialysis), Gillen, NT

Outstanding Graduate

Rebecca Rich, Perth Clinic, West Perth, WA

Team Excellence

The Mater (Sydney) Pre-admission Midwife Appointment Program, The Mater Hospital, North Sydney, NSW

The 2018 finalists will be announced on April 10 2018, and interstate finalists will be flown to Melbourne for the Awards dinner on May 10 2018.

To submit a nomination visit hestawards.com.au.

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