The Awards

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards publically recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses and midwives make to the healthcare outcomes of the broader South Australian community. The Awards recognise nurses and midwives for their excellence in practice, their contribution to the delivery of safe, quality care which is evidence based and person centred, their leadership and the significant role they play in helping to shape South Australia’s healthcare system.

Our nurses and midwives make a difference on a daily basis in the extraordinary range of practice settings. They contribute to increasing the nursing and midwifery body of knowledge which informs and strengthens clinical decision-making, teaching and learning practices, health care outcomes and policy reform. They play a vital role in the delivery of high standards of practice, lead and contribute in the design of innovative models of care, respond to the communities changing health needs, and provide quality care which South Australians expect and deserve

The South Australian Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, in conjunction with industry partners and sponsors, invite nominations for the 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

The Awards are open to all nurses and midwives who are registered to practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), are employed and work in South Australia in the public or the private sector at the time of their nomination.

Nominations may be made by colleagues, supervisors, executives or by the general public.

Award Categories

Category Description

This Award recognises outstanding performance of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Nurse/Midwife who provides an exemplary standard of practice, epitomises professionalism, and who is committed to providing evidenced based, culturally sensitive and person centric high-quality care. The Nurse/Midwife provides leadership, advocacy and drives high standards of nursing/midwifery practice. Critical success in this role is fostering continuous improvement and driving positive consumer outcomes.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award. Nominees for this award need to identify as and be recognised within their community as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

This nominee must be working in a clinical role no less than 70% of their work time.
Category Description

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a Registered Midwife who provides an exemplary standard of practice and professionalism. Through their work they provide evidence based woman centred, culturally safe care that is family focused. The midwife provides leadership, advocacy and drives high standards of midwifery practice. Their commitment to continuity of care and collaborative practice results in high quality outcomes to all under their care.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

This nominee must be working in a clinical role no less than 70% of their work time.
Category Description

This Award recognises outstanding performance of a Registered Nurse who provides an exemplary standard of practice, epitomises professionalism, who is committed to providing evidenced based, culturally sensitive and person centric high quality care. The Registered Nurse provides leadership, advocacy and drives high standards of nursing practice. Critical success in this role is fostering continuous improvement and driving positive consumer outcomes.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

This nominee must be working in a clinical role no less than 70% of their work time.
Category Description

This award recognises the outstanding performance of an Enrolled Nurse who demonstrates an excellent standard of practice and professionalism and who is committed to providing safe high quality care, which is culturally sensitive and person centred. The Enrolled Nurse is a highly skilled communicator who works collaboratively with Registered Nurses and the broader health care team to advocate for, and facilitate the involvement of individuals, families and significant others in planning and jointly evaluating care and progress towards positive health outcomes.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

This nominee must be working in a clinical role no less than 70% of their work time.
Category Description

This award recognises a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife who has made an outstanding contribution in education. They have demonstrated leadership in the delivery of scholarly and / or education activities which drives a culture of lifelong learning. Their ability to engage and impart knowledge is inspirational and their capacity to facilitate critical thinking and self reflection amongst their peers through education, results in significantly improved positive consumer outcomes.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

Category Description

This Award acknowledges nursing or midwifery led teams who provide a service/program/study that benefits the consumer/client or community and enhances person centred care. The Team works collaboratively with consumers/clients, families, women, carers and/ or other health clinicians to provide evidenced based person centred care. The service/program provided contributes to improving the health care outcomes of patients/clients and of the community.

Award type and requirements:

The nominated team must contain two or more nurses and/or midwives. The Award will only be presented to the team members.

Category Description

This award recognises a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife who has made an outstanding contribution to a clinical environment with the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative application. This individual has demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of health care through their research activity. This activity has influenced practice change and / or policy reform resulting in improved consumer outcomes.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award. Research activities may include primary research, undertaking a systematic review, leading a CPI/Quality improvement project with a significant research component or be part of a Honours/higher education degree.

Category Description

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse who provides an exemplary standard of care, epitomises professionalism and who is committed to providing evidenced based and person centric high quality care to older people. This Nurse is passionate, empathetic and driven by making the lives of older people better.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award. The nominee can be working in a residential aged care facility, community aged care program or Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit.

Category Description

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a newly graduated Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife or Enrolled Nurse. This Nurse or Midwife has demonstrated exceptional potential, resilience and a drive to embrace every learning opportunity and challenge to become a better clinician.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award. This category is open to any early career nurse/midwife who has not exceeded 3 years of nursing/midwifery service since their initial registration at the time of nomination.

Category Description

This award recognises a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife who has displayed inspirational leadership. Their leadership has informed, inspired and influenced system change, practice and the delivery of health care to the South Australian community. They are highly regarded for their work and expertise and recognised amongst their peers for their passion, drive and commitment to system improvement.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

Category Description

This award accepts nominations from consumers or clients or a support person that recognise a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife or Enrolled Nurse who has made a difference to the lives of an individual and their significant others, through the demonstration of exceptional kindness and care.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

Category Description

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Humanitarian Award recognises nurses and midwives who give back to their local or global community, are inspirational, selfless, caring and compassionate in what they do. This individual will have demonstrated great courage and creativity in their work, inspired others, have the ability to lead as well as to follow, and maintained integrity in difficult circumstances.

Award type and requirements:

This is an individual award.

Key Dates

  • Nominations open - Tuesday 1 October, 2019
  • Nominations close - Wednesday 04 December, 2019
  • Gala Dinner tickets available - Wednesday 4 March, 2020
  • Finalist announced on the website - Friday 28 February, 2020
  • Winners will be announced at the Gala dinner at William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval - Friday 8 May, 2020