Private hospital nursing graduates have dominated their category in this year's HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards finalist's list.
Three of the four nurses in the Outstanding Graduate category are from private hospitals - Glynnis Carvalho (John Flynn Private Hospital), Rachelle Chikan (Peninsula Private Hospital) and Samantha Johnson (Hollywood Private Hospital) - will all be eligible for the title in May.
The three are joined on the list by Deanna Ward from Cairns Private Hospital who is a finalist in the coveted Nurse or Midwife of the Year category for her work developing a 'Know Your Midwife' program to support new mothers.
Rebecca Rich of Perth Clinic was 2017's Outstanding Graduate. Read her story.
St Vincent's Private Midwifery in Victoria is a finalist in the Team Excellence category.
Held annually, the HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards reward graduates, individuals and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care across a range of health settings. The 12 finalists for the 2018 Awards have been announced.
"This year's finalists have shown an inspiring level of dedication to improving the standards of care provided to their patients. They have identified gaps in service provision and come up with solutions to meet these needs, resulting in outstanding improvements in clinical practice and patient care," said HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey.
The 2018 finalists are:
Nurse or Midwife of the Year:
Matthew Ball - Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA
Katherine McQuillan - Bathurst Health Service, NSW
Gail Yarran - Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, WA
Deanna Ward - Cairns Private Hospital, QLD
Glynnis Carvalho - John Flynn Private Hospital, QLD
Rachel Chikan - Peninsula Private Hospital, VIC
Samantha Johnson - Hollywood Private Hospital, WA
Veronique (Roni) Murphy - Alfred Health, VIC
Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond - NSW
St Vincent's Private Midwifery - VIC
Stomal Therapy Team - Bolton Clarke, VIC
The Kombi Clinic - Hepatitis Queensland, QLD
The winners will be announced at the 2018 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 10th May 2018.
To learn more about the Awards, visit the website.