Nurse wins outstanding graduate

National prize for outstanding ACU nurse

Annabel Pike has won the Outstanding Graduate Nurse Award at a national awards ceremony.

Annabel was named the winner at the Hesta Australian Nursing Awards in Melbourne, where she was selected for “her holistic approach to patient care, exceptional technical and clinical skills, and for showing leadership in her role as an intensive care nurse”.

Entering ACU through the Early Achievers Program, Annabel was then involved in the university’s Student Ambassador leadership program, and has been a committed contributor to various community activities. She works at the Mater Private Hospital, one of Brisbane’s largest hospitals, and was named last year as the hospital’s Graduate of the Year.

The Outstanding Graduate Award recognises a nurse or midwife who has provided exceptional patient care, improved quality care processes and improved their own skills while demonstrating their value as a team member.

"The nomination itself was truly humbling, but to be announced as the national recipient was simply overwhelming”, Annabel said. “I love my job and all its diversity and hope to be able to make a positive difference to healthcare for a long time to come."

Annabel has shown a particular interest in the health and welfare of young children, and includes Hear and Say, Save the Children and Queensland Cancer Council as causes she is committed to. She has already taken steps to further her qualifications, and is enrolled in the Queensland health Transition Program for Intensive Care Nursing – a one-year course she hopes to complete in six months, in order to go on to a Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree.