Cancer Council Queensland is thrilled to announce the return and revamp of their iconic Cancer Council Queensland Oncology Nurse of the Year Award. Picture: Contributed
Cancer Council Queensland is thrilled to announce the return and revamp of their iconic Cancer Council Queensland Oncology Nurse of the Year Award. Picture: Contributed

Oncology nurses to be recognised with revamped state award

Cancer Council Queensland has announced the return of an iconic award that recognises registered oncology nurses across the state who make an exceptional contribution to improving the care and outcomes for patients and communities.

The Cancer Council Queensland Oncology Nurse of the Year Award, presented by Icon, will return this year in line with the organisation’s 60th anniversary with an educational and professional development prize pool of $10,000.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, which was International Nurses Day.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said the organisation wanted to empower nurses to thrive in the ever-changing cancer care world with the relaunch of the award, which first started in 1971.

“We’re excited to announce the return of this award on International Nurses Day and we celebrate the crucial contributions nurses make to society,” Ms McMillan said.

“The renewed, Cancer Council Queensland Oncology Nurse of the Year Award hopes to empower Queensland’s incredible oncology nurses who care for those affected by cancer each and every day.”

She said the quest previously ran successfully for 38 years and involved thousands of nurses across all the regions of Queensland.

“As we’re celebrating 60 years this year, we thought it was the perfect time to honour Queensland’s extraordinary oncology nurses again with a renewed award,” she said.

“If you know an outstanding candidate who excels in this field or would like to put yourself forward, please complete an expression of interest and our team will be in touch with more information.

“We encourage patient, friends, family and of course colleagues to nominate the powerful oncology nurses in their lives.”

Nominations for the award officially open on September 1 with expressions of interests currently being accepted.

The judging panel will consist of four to six people with extensive experience in oncology nursing.

Nominees must be a qualified individual currently employed as a registered nurse in Queensland. They must have at least five years oncology care experience and currently be working in an oncology related role.

Suitable nominees are those that go over and above the everyday demands of the role and exhibit exceptional qualities.

To register your interest, go to cancerqld.org.au/2022-oncology-nurse-award-interest.