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NZNO Young Nurse of the Year Award

Award Information and Assessment Guide

Purpose of award:
  • To recognise and celebrate the often exemplary work of nurses in the younger age group who may still be in the early stages of their careers
  • To encourage younger nurses to demonstrate their commitment to and aspirations for the nursing profession in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • To provide an incentive for them to remain nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Nomination criteria:

The public, colleagues or managers may nominate a young nurse for this award. Nominators are requested to specify how the nurse they are nominating demonstrates commitment and passion to nursing beyond the every day. This may include how the nurse:

  • shows compassion or courage beyond what is expected in their role as a nurse;
  • has improved care or health outcomes for their patients through their commitment to care, leadership, research or quality;
  • works to deliver care that honours the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Tina Rangatiratanga; Partnership; Active protection; Options and Equity.
  • has overcome major challenges to deliver exceptional care.

Nominees may be registered or enrolled nurses, may be new graduates, do not have to be in paid nursing work, must be under the age of 31 as at December 31st 2020, be resident in New Zealand, and a current financial member of NZNO.

There is a two phase nomination assessment process:

  • Firstly, shortlisting of up to six nominations by a subcommittee of the YNYA assessment panel convened for that purpose and comprising NZNO staff, Te Rūnanga representation, and a previous recipient of the YNYA using the above criteria; then,
  • An opportunity for nominators and nominees on that shortlist to ‘meet’ the full YNYA assessment panel, by Zoom or similar, to respond verbally to set questions made available in advance.Pre-recording (filming) of nominators and nominees responses to these questions may also be an option.

Assessors will be looking for strong, detailed nominations that clearly evidence the strengths, achievements and aspirations of the nominee. In addition to giving evidence of how the nominee meets the criteria listed above, further aspects that the assessment panel will be considering are as follows:

  • Is there a particular project that the nurse has been involved in, or is it a general, all round nomination?
  • In what way are any outcomes demonstrable e.g. has the nurse been accepted onto a programme by merit or have patient outcomes demonstrably improved?
  • Has the nominee contributed in a special way to a community or culture that stands out?

The winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize (of which 50 percent must go toward further education/professional development).  Up to two runners up will receive a runner-up certificate and a book voucher to the value of $200. All nominees will receive a certificate recognising their nomination.

This is an exciting opportunity for young nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand, and we encourage you to submit a nomination in recognition of the work of young nurses throughout the country.

Closing date for nominations: 14 July 2020.

Nominations to be sent to: Heather Sander:

Download a nomination form.