Nurses awarded Florence Nightingale grants

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Health

I would like to congratulate the five Tasmanian Health Service nurses who have won financial grants towards further study through the Florence Nightingale Grants and Awards program.

The nurses received their awards today for professional dedication, leadership and innovation thereby ensuring a strong future for nursing in Tasmania.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Returned Sisters Memorial Grant – Samantha Sargent, Clinical Nurse Educator, Acute Older Persons Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital.
  • Nell Espie Study Grant – Helen Gulliver, Clinical Nurse Educator, Transition to Practice, Launceston General Hospital.
  • Leonie Sidebottom Study Grant – Anna Nicholas, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Palliative Care, Royal Hobart Hospital.
  • Robyn Whitworth Study Grant – Monique Johnson, Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Glamorgan Spring Bay Community Health.
  • Margaret Allwright Award for Achievement in Nursing Practice – Carolyn Salter, Project Manager, Office of the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery.

Florence Nightingale Grants and Awards Patron, the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, presented the winners with their awards at a formal ceremony at Government House.

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale will be celebrated in 2020 and the World Health Organisation has made 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in her honour.

The International Council of Nurses has joined WHO in establishing the Nursing Now Campaign to raise the global status of nurses and midwives, and the profession’s contribution to improving global health.

The Florence Nightingale Grants were set up by the Returned Sisters Association in the 1950s to provide Tasmanian nurses with financial help for study and has awarded more than $500,000.

The grants are administered independently by a committee of senior Tasmanian nurses and midwives.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is focused on continuing to deliver our plan to build a better health system for all Tasmanians back by a record investment.

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