29th January 2019
ACNP Member Recognised in Australia Day Honours
The Australian College for Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) congratulates member Nicole (Nikki) Johnston, who is a recipient of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division of the 2019 Australia Day Honours.
Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. Ms Johnston’s area of specialty practice is palliative care nursing and she is currently employed by Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in the Community Specialist Palliative Aged Care service.
ACNP President Leanne Boase said, “On behalf of ACNP’s Board, National Council and Fellows, members and staff, I congratulate all of the Australia Day 2019 Honours Recipients. I especially want to congratulate Nurse Practitioner Nikki Johnston on her award and thank her for her service to nursing and her contribution to the ACNP”.
Ms Johnston has been a nurse since 1989 and a Nurse Practitioner since 2010. She is widely known as a nurse leader renowned for her compassion, palliative care expertise and being a fierce advocate for vulnerable populations. She has led several successful research projects that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and sees her role as not only providing expert clinical care, but as being a teacher and mentor to others. She believes that she has a responsibility to show leadership and influence the health care system and health policy to provide holistic, individualised care.
Ms Johnston attributes her success in nursing to the patients, mentors, managers, academics, researchers and other clinicians across all health care disciplines. “I have been so fortunate to work with dedicated nurses who really care about their patients and having nursing recognised in this award is really important to our evolving profession”, Ms Johnston said. “I am a proud Nurse Practitioner. Being recognised for my work is very humbling as I couldn’t have got here without the support and guidance of many, including the people I have cared for.” She is recognised as a recipient of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division of the 2019 Australia Day Honours for her contribution to nursing.
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