Annual Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards

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Around the world, nurses and midwives are recognised through the International Nurses Day and the International Day of the Midwife.

The International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12 May.

The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated annually on 5 May.

The ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards coincide with these international celebrations to recognise the exemplary professional contributions made by nurses and midwives across our region.

Webinars

The ACT Nursing and Midwifery Office is holding monthly webinars beginning with:

Building Motivation in the Workplace
12-1pm, 10th May 2021

Register here

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2021 winners

The 2021 ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards were celebrated on Thursday 6 May.

Congratulations to all winners of the 2021 ACT Excellence Awards!

Nurse of the Year 2021 - Kirsty Cummin, Weston Creek Walk in Centre, Canberra Health Services

An outstanding team leader the Walk in Centre, Kirsty Cummin was nominated for her strong communications and exceptional listening skills. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Kirsty extended her role to the Respiratory Assessment Clinic, assisting with COVID testing. More recently her responsibilities were extended to delivering care to those in hotel quarantine and overseeing staff delivering care in the medi-hotel. Despite extended responsibilities, Kirsty consistently maintained high levels of professionalism with exceptional communication to all staff, ancillary staff, patients, and relatives.

Nurse of the Year 2021, Kirsty Cummin

 


Midwife of the Year 2021 - Jessica Boutzos, Maternity Services Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce

As a midwife at Calvary Public Hospital, Jessica Boutzos is parent-focussed, caring, and collaborative. This year, in collaboration with a nurse practitioner from the Emergency Department, Jessica developed an early pregnancy loss support package to assist staff – initially intended for the emergency department but applicable to all areas of the hospital. 

Midwife of the Year 2021, Jessica Boutzos

 


Team of the Year 2021 - Ward 11B, Aged Care, Canberra Health Services

By communicating with patients and family members compassionately and understanding how confronting and stressful a hospital admission can be, the team is dedicated to providing their patients positive end of life care. Throughout this communication they build positive and meaningful relationships with patients and their families.

Team of the Year 2021, Ward 11B

 


Excellence in Management Practice - Nicole Slater, Emergency Department, Canberra Health Services

As Assistant Director of Nursing in the emergency department at Canberra Health Services, Nicole Slater fosters leadership and knowledge among her team of senior nurses. She consistently strives for improvements to the working environment of the emergency department and is an advocate for professional and personal growth, encouraging staff development opportunities.

Excellence in Management Practice, Nicole Slater

 


Excellence in Leadership Practice - Wendy Beckingham, Infection Prevention and Control, Canberra Health Services

Wendy Beckingham leads a team of dedicated health professionals with the role of minimising infection risks for patients, health care workers, and the public. She has developed a dedicated team of infection prevention and control experts, training and mentoring her own staff and nurses from across the territory both in public and private health services. 

Excellence in Leadership Practice, Wendy Beckingham

 


Excellence in Clinical Practice - Nicole Shiels, Tuggeranong Community Nursing Team

Nicole Shiels is well-respected in her role as Southside Complex Care Clinical Nurse Consultant. She demonstrates compassion and care in her role supporting clinicians to manage patients with complex care needs and support patients to navigate health service systems. Nicole brings exceptional insight and an ability to work with people at their most vulnerable, assisting both patients and clinicians during difficult care decisions.

Excellence in Clinical Practice, Nicole Shiels

 


Excellence in Educational Practice - Jodie Murray, Learning and Development, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital

Jodie Murray developed the Learning and Development team from its beginning, growing it to a team of six who provide educational support across Calvary Bruce Private Hospital. This included developing a two-day orientation program for new staff members structured around the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Excellence in Educational Practice, Jodie Murray

 


Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice - Stephanie Parry, Justice Health, Canberra Health Services

Stephanie Parry is a registered nurse at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, where she demonstrates outstanding commitment to her work.  By continually improving her knowledge and skills she ensures positive patient outcomes, empathising with her clients and providing considerate care to some the community’s most vulnerable members.

2020 winners

The 2020 ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards were celebrated on Tuesday 12 May.

Congratulations to all winners of the 2020 ACT Excellence Awards!

Christopher Harris

ACT Nurse of the Year – Christopher Harris, University of Canberra Hospital, Canberra Health Services

Kathy Coonan

ACT Midwife of the Year – Kathy Coonan, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Britt Shephard and Shannon Narracott

Team of the Year – Britt Shephard and Shannon Narracott, Canberra Health Services

Ward 11A Nursing Team

Excellence in Clinical Practice – Ward 11A Nursing Team, Canberra Health Services

Rachel Bilton-Simek

Excellence in Educational Practice – Rachel Bilton-Simek, Clare Holland House

Heather Needham

Excellence in Leadership – Heather Needham, Canberra Health Services

Mercy Lukose

Excellence in Management – Mercy Lukose, Canberra Health Services

Nikki Johnston

Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research – Nikki Johnston, Clare Holland House

2019 winners

Congratulations to all winners of the 2019 ACT Excellence Awards!

Midwife of the year Sally McCrae speaking

ACT Midwife of the Year - Sally McRae, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Photo of the ACT's Nurse of the year Christine Archer

ACT Nurse of the Year - Christine Archer, Canberra Health Services

Team of the year snapshot of Childbirth Education Research Team

ACT Team of the Year – Canberra Health Services (CHS) Childbirth Education Research Team, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Clinical Practice award winner Juliane Samara

Excellence in Clinical Practice – Juliane Samara, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Pictured above is Jane Koerner (ANU) accepting the award on Juliane’s behalf.

2019 Excellence in education award winner Leanne Ehrlich

Excellence in Educational Practice – Leanne Ehrlich, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Leadership award winner Katherine Wakefield

Excellence in Leadership Practice – Kath Wakefield, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Management award winner Lynette O'Connell

Excellence in Management Practice – Lyn O’Connell, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice award winner Maureen O'Brien

Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice – Maureen O’Brien, Canberra Health Services

2018 winners

Congratulations to all winners of the 2018 ACT Excellence Awards!

  • ACT Nurse of the Year – Joanne Lindbeck, Medical Emergency Team, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • ACT Midwife of the Year – Amelia Druhan, Maternity Services, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
  • Team of the Year – Neonatal Quality Improvement and Research Nursing Team, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Debbie Morgan, Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Educational Practice – Cate Green, Birthing, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Leadership Practice – Leanne Done, Adult Mental Health Unit, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Management Practice – Wendy Alder, Birthing, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research – Continuity of Midwifery Care Service, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
Page last updated on: 7 May 2021