Nominations have opened for the Northern Territory Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, with winners to be announced during International Nurses Week in May.
The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the 'Year of the Nurse and Midwife', in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of modern nursing - Florence Nightingale.
The award aims to recognise excellence in client care, education, research and professional leadership, and celebrate the daily contribution of nurses and midwifes.
With over 4,000 nurses and midwives working in a range of environments across the NT, including very remote and isolated areas, Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the awards are an opportunity to say 'thank you'.
"2020 is an extra important year for these awards as we mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife," she said.
"Each year we recognise the outstanding work of nurses and midwives who are exemplars in their professions, making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Territorians every day.
"The Territory Labor government has invested heavily in health services and recognise the importance of retaining and developing great staff, while increasing the number of nurses, midwives, enrolled nurses, doctors and allied health professionals across the NT."
There are 10 difference categories open for nominations, including Nurse or Midwife of the Year, a Team Award for Excellence in Nursing or Midwifery and Excellence in Nursing or Midwifery in Aboriginal Health.
For more information and to submit a nomination for an outstanding nurse or midwife you know, visit the website here.
Finalists will be announced on April 1 in Alice Springs, with winners announced at a gala dinner in Darwin on Saturday May 9.
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