Each year, the College of Nursing and Midwifery recognises both students and staff who have excelled in their studies and professional work throughout the year.
In years gone by, award recipients would be celebrated at a special event, attended by College members and friends, however this year, the spread of COVID-19 meant the ceremony could not go ahead as planned.
But that doesn’t mean the College wasn’t able to honour those who went above and beyond in their study and work responsibilities in 2020, with numerous students and staff being recognised as such.
Nursing student Sheri Lochner was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Nursing Award, and says the accolade is an honour, given the high standard of students at CDU.
“I was surprised and shocked, to be honest,” says Sheri.
“I know there are many academically talented students within the nursing program and to be selected for the award is truly an honour.
“This award contributes to my pursuit of academic excellence and belief in myself.”
A teacher and educator for the past 25 years, in both Australia and overseas, Sheri’s nursing studies representing a total career change.
“I have always had an interest in health and wellbeing and believe I can take my interests and skills in a new direction through the pursuit of nursing.
“I hope to pursue a grad year with the NT Health Department.
“My interest is in working in remote community settings, however, after completing NUR330 it piqued my interest in renal and emergency nursing. I hadn’t given those areas much consideration, but I am open to exploring the variety of opportunities that nursing presents.”
Although pursuing academic excellence is an extension of Sheri’s teaching background, she says she couldn’t have done it without support.
“While pursuing academic achievement may appear to be a singular pursuit, I could not have attained this award without the support of family and friends.
“This award is also a recognition of their contribution to my success.”
The remaining award recipients are:
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Midwifery, Student Awards, Ulrike Ganske
Outstanding Clinical Performance for Nursing (Undergraduate) NT Health, Student Awards, Angela Maree STEADMAN
Outstanding Clinical Performance for Midwifery (Undergraduate) NT Health, Student Awards, Hannah Akehurst
Outstanding Clinical Performance for Nursing (Undergraduate) National, Student Awards, Jemimah Ann CHISHOLM
Outstanding Clinical Performance for Midwifery (Undergraduate) National, Student Awards, Sophia McLaren
Exceptional Performance—PhD Candidate, Student Awards, Li-Qun Yao
Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff, Staff Awards, Olivia Richardson
Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Staff Awards, Min Pearce
Excellence in Unit & Learning Environment Design, Staff Awards, Saskia Maes
Excellence in Learning Innovation to Enhance Student Engagement & Experience, Staff Awards, Sarah Mills
Exceptional Student Focussed Ethos, Staff Awards, Donna Diffley
Exceptional Performance in Research—Emerging Researcher, Staff Awards, Sophie Hickey