Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards 2020

Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards 2020

Tasmanian Public Sector

Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards 2020

Due to advice from Public Health regarding the evolving coronavirus CoVid-19 situation, the Tasmanian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards event is postponed.  The finalists were publicly announced on 8 May 2020.  Winners will be announced at the rescheduled Celebratory Event (date to be advised).

Frequently asked questions about the Excellence Awards postponement  >

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The 2020 Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Celebratory Event has been postponed due to the ongoing public health emergency COVID-19 (coronavirus).

New Date

The NEW DATE for the Celebratory Event for 2020 Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards is yet to be confirmed.

Tickets that have previously been purchased will be automatically transferred to the new date once confirmed.

Accommodation

Please contact the hotel to change any booking date. The Hotel Grand Chancellor has rooms allocated, at corporate rates, for the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Event.

Awards process update

The Awards category judging panels have met and made decisions in each of the award categories.

The Finalists were announced on the 8 May 2020. You can view a short video announcing the finalist below.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Celebratory Event later this year.

Future Awards Processes

It is anticipated that the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards will continue in 2021.

Please direct any questions to the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife email ocnm@health.tas.gov.au


updated 25 March 2020

2020 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award Finalists

The Tasmanian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution nurses and midwives make individually and/or collectively to the people they care for. The Awards recognise the outstanding professional accomplishments made by nurses and midwives within the public hospitals, the community and primary health care sectors of Tasmania through their practice.

The Awards recognise nurses and midwives for their:

  • Excellence in practice,
  • Contribution to the delivery of safe, quality care which is evidence based and person centred, and,
  • Leadership and the significant role they play in shaping and delivering a high standard of care within Tasmania’s public healthcare system

Nominations for the 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Awards closed in February. The judging panels had the unenviable task of assessing the nominations and noted that they were of high calibre and extremely diverse.

The finalists for each of the five categories are announced in this short message:

Thank you to those who took the time to nominate nurses, midwives and teams and congratulations to those who have been nominated.  And importantly, congratulations to the finalists who will be announced at the rescheduled Celebratory Event (details to be announced).

Welcome Message from our Nursing & Midwifery Leaders

On a daily basis, nurses and midwives are making a difference. They are practicing in a range of professional and clinical settings. They contribute to increasing the body of knowledge which informs and strengthens clinical decision-making, teaching and learning practices, health care outcomes and policy reform. Both professions have a vital role in the delivery of high standards of practice, leading and contributing in the design of innovative models of care, responding to the communities changing health needs, and providing quality care which Tasmanians expect and deserve.

Francine Douce and Coral PatonAs the Tasmanian Chief Nurse and Midwife, and the Statewide Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, we are inviting nominations for the Tasmania Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

The Excellence Awards are open to all nurses and midwives who are employed within the Tasmanian public sector and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. There are several categories open for nominations including a team award.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Excellence Awards Presentation Event as we acknowledge our nursing and midwifery peers in 2020.

(L-R) Associate Professor Francine Douce Tasmanian Chief Nurse & Midwife and Associate Professor Coral Paton Statewide Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery.

Excellence Awards - How to Nominate

The Excellence Awards are open to all nurses and midwives who are:

  • registered to practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • employed in the Tasmanian public sector at the time of their nomination

Each nominee must agree to be nominated

Nominations for the Tasmanian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards are now closed for 2020.

It is anticipated that the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards will continue in 2021.

Nominations will be accepted for the following five categories.

Leadership

1. Emerging Nurse/Midwife Leader (individual)

2. Outstanding Achievement in Leadership (individual)

Practice

3. Team Excellence in Practice (team)

4. Early career Nurse/Midwife Excellence in Practice (individual)

5. Individual Nurse/Midwife Excellence in Practice (individual)

How to nominate

  1. Select the relevant Excellence Award category for your nomination from those listed in the tabs below.
  2. A Nomination Form is available to download within each Excellence Award category. Each Nomination Form requires you to address criteria specific to that Excellence Award.
  3. Complete all fields on the Nomination Form.
  4. You are encouraged to include any supporting information such as newspaper articles, publications, these need to be submitted with this application form. Please supply the support documents in the following format:  nominee‘s Surname.firstname_nameofdoc.PDF (ie - smith.sam_mercury newspaper.pdf)

To complete the application process

  1. When you are ready, submit the completed suite of documents online via this portal
  2. You will be required to create a New Account - once created it can be used again
  3. Follow all online instructions
  4. Upload the complete suite of documents that support your nomination
  5. You will not be able to return to your nomination form or add supporting documentation once final submission has occurred. You can however revisit your nomination as many times as you would like, prior to this final submission .

Award Category - Emerging Nurse / Midwife Leader

This Award recognises an emerging nursing or midwifery leader within the professions. Nominations acknowledge a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, registered midwife or nurse practitioner who has displayed leadership in:

  • a research program
  • a quality improvement activity
  • an innovative project
  • a change management program
  • making a significant contribution to new or existing nursing or midwifery knowledge across health, the professions, and/or community
  • shaping and developing health care reform and policy to improve the health and well-being and health outcomes of the people in the Tasmanian community, or
  • a new leadership role

The nurse, midwife or nurse practitioner nominated in this category demonstrates excellence and is a role model for nurses and/or midwives. They display leadership which significantly contributes to excellence in nursing and/or midwifery practice. The nominee is a nurse/midwife that is highly regarded and seen as a future leader in their field.

Please describe why you think this nurse or midwife deserves to be recognised for this honour. As a guide, you may wish to consider some of the following questions:

  • In what role(s) or context has the nominee excelled?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated service worthy of recognition and why?
  • Has the nominee’s contribution been recognised elsewhere (e.g. in the media, by other awards, professional/interest groups or through local government)?
  • What makes this person stand out from others? Why is this person inspiring to you?

Please complete this nomination form for an Emerging Nurse / Midwife Leader and then submit your nomination via the Nomination Portal

Award Category - Outstanding Achievement in Leadership

This Award recognises an experienced nurse or midwife who has displayed extraordinary leadership in nursing or midwifery. Areas of practice may include management, clinical care, projects, initiatives, policy and practice development and/or reform. Leadership can be demonstrated across the health system, the professions, and/or community. These actions will have contributed to improving the health, wellbeing and health outcomes of the people in the Tasmanian community and contribute to the professional standing of nursing.

This nurse or midwife displays extra leadership that significantly contributes to excellence in nursing and/or midwifery practice by:

  • Assuming a visionary leadership role in changing the culture of professional healthcare.
  • Facilitating persistent excellence in patient and family centred care.
  • Implementation of innovative strategies to match talents of staff with the needs of the community and/or system.
  • Models effective stewardship in the areas of financial, material and personnel resources.
  • Models exemplary relationship skills; builds stakeholder engagement and invests in partnerships.
  • Integrates clinical speciality and professional standards throughout the scope of responsibility
  • Exemplifies integrity, fairness and professionalism
  • Demonstrates a commitment to staff development and inter-professional collaboration including advisory and mentoring competence.
  • Acting as a change agent to develop strategies to advance the organisation’s the profession’s goals and objectives.

Please describe why you think this nurse or midwife deserves to be recognised for this honour. As a guide, you may wish to consider some of the following questions:

  • In what role(s) or context has the nominee excelled?
  • How has this nurse or midwife demonstrated practice worthy of recognition?
  • What makes this nurse or midwife stand out?
  • What is inspirational about this nurse or midwife?

Include examples where possible.

Please complete this nomination form for Outstanding Achievement in Leadership and then submit your nomination via the Nomination Portal

Award Category - Team Excellence in Practice

Team excellence in Practice (Self-nomination allowed for this category)

This Award recognises a team that includes at least two nurses or midwives who demonstrate an exceptional group effort in the advancement of clinical care. All members of the team must demonstrate excellence in their roles and contribute to the outcomes of the team.  At least two members of this team must be a nurse or midwife. This award will be presented to the nursing or midwifery team that:

  • Demonstrates their extraordinary commitment to patient centred care
  • Creates and demonstrates innovative clinical practice which delivers improved quality patient care
  • Contributes to the development of others within and outside of the team
  • Develops innovative strategies to ensure a healthy dynamic environment which advances the Tasmanian Department of Health/Tasmanian Health Service goals and objectives

Please describe why you think this team deserves to be recognised for this honour. As a guide, you may wish to consider some of the following questions:

  • In what role(s) or context has the team excelled and why?
  • How has the team demonstrated service worthy of recognition?
  • What makes this team stand out from others?
  • Why is this team inspiring to you?

Please include examples where possible.

Please complete this nomination form for Team Excellence in Practice and then submit your nomination via the Nomination Portal

Award Category - Early Career Nurse or Midwife Excellence in Practice

This Award acknowledges the registered, enrolled nurse or midwife who has been practicing for less than the equivalent of 5 years full time hours since becoming registered with NMBA as a nurse or midwife.

The nomination should acknowledge a nurse or midwife who has shown outstanding achievements in the first five years of practicing as a nurse or midwife. Nominations can come from any location, any context of practice and may recognise the resilience in overcoming the many challenges faced by early career nurses and midwives.

The early career nurse or midwife should demonstrate they can apply their new knowledge and skills as safe practitioners, while working within their scope of practice, level of competence and seeking help when needed.

Please describe why the nurse or midwife is being recognised for this award. As a guide, consider some of the following questions:

  • In what role(s) or context has the nominee excelled?
  • How has this early career nurse or midwife demonstrated practice worthy of recognition?
  • What makes this early career nurse or midwife stand out?
  • What is inspirational about this early career nurse or midwife?

Please include examples where possible.

Please complete this nomination form for Early Career Nurse or Midwife Excellence in Practice and then submit your nomination via the Nomination Portal

Award Category - Individual Nurse / Midwife Excellence in Practice 

This Award recognises outstanding practice of a registered, enrolled nurse, nurse practitioner or midwife.  This nurse or midwife has an excellent standard of evidence-based practice, is professional and is committed to providing safe high-quality care which is evidenced based and person centred.

This Nurse / Midwife provides leadership, advocacy, is an excellent role model and contributes to the standards of nursing / midwifery practice by promoting continuous improvement and positive patient/client outcome.

Please describe why you think this nurse or midwife deserves to be recognised for this honour. As a guide, you may wish to consider some of the following questions:

  • In what role(s) or area(s) has the nominee excelled?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated service worthy of recognition?
  • Has the nominee’s contribution been recognised elsewhere (e.g. in the media, by other awards, professional/interest groups or through local government)?
  • What makes this person stand out from others?
  • What is inspirational about this nurse or midwife?

Please include examples where possible.

Please complete this nomination form for an Individual Excellence in Nursing / Midwifery Practice and then submit your nomination via the Nomination Portal

Location / Date / Venue

Location
Hobart Tasmania
VenueHotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Date TBC
TimeTBC

Excellence Awards - Celebratory Evening -  ticket / s

Evening Celebratory Event

TBC, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Join your colleagues in an evening of celebration that recognises nurses and midwives for the significant contribution they make to their professions, their teams and the community through their excellence in practice.

Lite refreshments and canapes will be offered.

Tickets are $45

Purchase ticket/s to the Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards - Terms and Conditions

Printable version of Terms and Conditions

  1. Nominees must be currently employed as a nurse or midwife in the public sector in Tasmania.
  2. You can nominate others or a team. Self-nominations will only be accepted for team nominations. Nominations in more than one category require separate nomination forms.
  3. Only one winner will be chosen from each of the Excellence Award categories
  4. Nominators are required to address the criteria specific for the selected Excellence Award in no more than 250 words per criterion.
  5. All nursing and midwifery team members (where relevant) must hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  6. By accepting the nomination, nominees acknowledge they do not have any conditions or undertakings relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct. If a nominee is subsequently found to have conditions or undertakings relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct their nomination will be withdrawn.
  7. All nominations will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
  8. All nominations must be the original work of the author and factually accurate.
  9. All nominees must meet the eligibility criteria in full.
  10. All nomination forms must include the contact details of the relevant line manager.
  11. Nominators must complete all relevant details; incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  12. Completed nominations are to be received no later than midnight (AEDT) on 07 Feb 2020. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
  13. A confirmation email will be sent to the nominator once the submission is received. If this email is not received please check your spam or junk email, otherwise your nomination has not been received. Check the website for contact details re lost submissions.
  14. Only nominees who have been short-listed for consideration as a finalist will be notified. Feedback to all other nominees will not be provided.
  15. The judging panels consists of members with extensive experience in nursing and midwifery and decide on the winner of each category for the Excellence Awards
  16. The selection process for award winners will be conducted under the supervision of the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife and the Office of the Statewide Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery. The decisions of the judging panel will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  17. All nominees will need to provide consent to the use of any media/photos/submissions or any detail for future promotional purposes or publications.
  18. All nominations submitted become the property of the Department of Health (DoH) and the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) and will not be returned, including any photographs or any resources included.
  19. The winner of each award category will be announced at the Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Function on 8 May 2020.
  20. The Tasmanian Department of Health and the Tasmanian Health Service reserves the right to use any media/photos/submissions or any detail for promotional purposes and publications
  21. It is a condition of entry that finalists and winners are available for publicity opportunities, which may include DoH, THS or external print, digital or TV media.

Sponsorship 

If you are interested in sponsoring an Award please visit the event sponsorship page at Sponsor Now

The Tasmanian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Awards are proudly supported by TasNetworks

We deliver power to Tasmanians. Our vision is to be trusted by our customers to deliver today and create a better tomorrow.  TasNetworks owns, operates and maintains the electricity transmission and distribution network in Tasmania. We deliver a safe, cost-effective and reliable electricity supply to more than 285,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Proud sponsors of the Outstanding Achievement in Leadership Award

Contact Details

OfficeAddressEmailPhone
Office of the Chief Nurse and MidwifeHealth Professional Policy and Advisory Services
Department of Health, Tasmania
Level 7 / 22 Elizabeth Street
Hobart TAS 7000
ocnm@health.tas.gov.au(03) 6166 1570

Previous Winners

The Tasmanian Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

NMW Award Recipients The 2019 winners pictured Left to Right

  • Gaylene Bassett: Nursing Practice Excellence - Nurse Practitioner Paediatric Outpatients Specialist Clinics (North West)
  • Sam Beattie: Excellence in Leadership - Acting Nurse Unit Manager John Morris Diabetes Centre (North)
  • Meredith Prestwood: Excellence in New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement - Community Rapid Response Service Nurse Practitioner (North)
  • Evelyn Larcombe: Midwifery Practice Excellence - Clinical Nurse Educator Midwifery (South)
  • The Honourable Michael Ferguson (then Minister for Health)