We acknowledge the hard working perioperative nurses throughout Queensland with the ACORN QLD Awards. The Awards are presented at the Awards Dinner during the State Conference.


The Awards extend our vision to achieve perioperative excellence. They provide professional credibility for perioperative nurses and acknowledge individual and team efforts. 


Award Categories

Perioperative Teamwork

A Perioperative nursing team who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in Perioperative leadership by applying the theory of teamwork to their Perioperative practice.


Excellence in Perioperative Nursing

A Perioperative nurse whose work and accomplishments have broadly impacted on Perioperative nursing in two or more of the following areas:

  • Practice
  • Management
  • Education and/or Research

Novice Award

A Perioperative nurse with less than 24 months experience who has significantly contributed to one or more of the following aspects of Perioperative nursing:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Patient Education
  • Nursing Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Research



  • Select a single award category for each nomination
  • Each Criterion is weighted 20% of the total score
  • Approx 500 - 1000 words required (total)
    • Outline the reasons why you have nominated this nurse/team
    • Describe how the nominee supports perioperative nursing & promotes a collaborative work environment
    • Describe how the nominee uses excellence to reflect pride in the delivery of perioperative nursing care
    • Describe how the nominee demonstrates commitment to life long learning
    • Describe how the nominee has developed others within the perioperative environment


2017 Award Winners

Novice Award:

Julie-Ann Nicholls
RN, Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Team Award:

South West Hospital & Health Service Perioperative Team
Roma, Charleville and St George Hospitals

Individual Excellence Award:

Kim Armstrong
CN, Sunshine Coast University Hospital



About The Nominee

The nominee should demonstrate:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Commitment to ACORN standards
  • Commitment to the advancement of perioperative nursing
  • Commitment to professionalism

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