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PAH Innovation in Nursing Award 2020


The aim of this award is to recognise the contributions of a PAH nurse or nursing team who has demonstrated peak performance through an innovation** in nursing.

**“Innovation is the application of creativity or problem solving that results in a widely adopted strategy, product, or service that meets a need in a new or different way. Innovations are about improvement in quality, cost effectiveness, or efficiency” (Kayla et al 2015, 1674). The innovation cannot be found in literature and can be a very simple idea that improves the way we work and/or have a positive impact on patients.


To be eligible the application must consist of a:

  • Registered Nurse/s, Enrolled Nurse/s, Assistant/s in Nursing working within any unit or team outlined within the PAH Organisational Structure (PDF, 109.84 KB).
  • Joint Appointments, Visiting Scholars, Research Fellows that meet the aims outlined above and included nursing clinicians at the PAH as part of the innovation.
  • Nurse/s must have assumed a leadership role within the team and/or had a significant contribution in the achievement of outcomes.


Submit a maximum of 500 words that explains the innovation and how it meets the needs of patients, consumers and their family.

Nomination process

Individuals are able to self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues. Please nominate by completing the online nomination form below. The Centre of Nursing Excellence (CNE) is accountable for coordinating this award.


  • Submissions open: Monday, 24 February 2020
  • Submissions close: Monday, 22 June 2020

Decision making governance process

Nominations will be judged by a panel that consists of nursing executive; interprofessional colleague; adjunct/joint appointment and a consumer representative from the PAH Consumer Consultative Committee. Each member will have equal voting rights, although in the event of a conflict of interest (i.e. nominee is from respective work unit) these rights will be rescinded. Following review of the applicants, the panel will declare any conflicts of interest prior to the voting process taking place. The panel will utilise a Likert scale from ‘Strongly Agree that Applicant Meets Criteria to Strongly Disagree that Applicant Meets Criteria’ to assist in determining the top 5 nominations and recommend a winner of the award. The top 3 nominations and recommended winner will be tabled at the Nursing Director/Assistant Director of Nursing (ND/ADON) Committee Meeting.  The ND/ADON committee will make the final decision. The top 3 teams will be notified and invited to the award presentation for the announcement of the award winner.

Reward and recognition

  • A Magnet Nursing Excellence Badge and Certificate of Recognition will be presented on International Nurses Day to each team member.
  • Photo and award details included within the EDNS Newsletter and PAH Nursing Services Annual Review.


  • Bernadette Clarke, Magnet CNC
  • Phone: (07) 3176 2892

Nomination form

Please note, all fields are mandatory.

(Maximum of 500 words)
Last updated 1 May 2020
Last reviewed 8 March 2019