The Lutheran Nurses Association of Australia (LNAA) has established a Lutheran Nurse of the Year award. The recipient will be announced each year on International Nurses Day (12 May), beginning next year.
The award recognises faithful and outstanding service during the preceding calendar year by a nurse who is an active member of a Lutheran congregation in Australia or New Zealand. It comprises a certificate and a $100 monetary gift.
Nominations may be submitted by congregations, aged-care facilities or other bodies or agencies within the Lutheran church. Nominations for the first award must be lodged with the LNAA secretary on the official nomination form by 31 March 2020, together with a separate sheet giving details of the service that forms the basis of the nomination, and references from three people, including the congregation’s pastor.
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Next year will be the 200th anniversary of her birth. The World Health Organization Executive Board, through its Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has recommended to the World Health Assembly meeting in May that 2020 be designated as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.