Parker Healthcare Scholarship

Applications for 2018 will be called in March 2018

These scholarship are open to ACNN members currently working in a neonatal intensive care or a special care nursery who are either early career neonatal nurses or early career researchers in neonatal nursing.

The scholarships provide financial support for professional development of nurses and midwives who have demonstrated commitment to neonatal nursing through active participation in ACNN.

Early Career Researcher Criteria

Nurses must be either a) enrolled (full or part time) in a research degree (Honours, Masters, PhD), or b) within three years of completing an undergraduate honours degree or a postgraduate research degree.

The recipient of the scholarship is expected to attend the ACNN National conference in October to accept the award.

Scholarship categories

  • To undertake research and/or

  • To present research results at an ACNN approved national or international conference. Preference will be given for presenting at the ACNN National Conference

Early Career Scholarship for Neonatal Nurses

Applications are welcomed from ACNN members who are early career neonatal nurses in neonatal nursing, as defined below.

Early career neonatal nurse: within three years of an award of an undergraduate degree OR within three years of first commencing in neonatal nursing.

Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to neonatal nursing through participation in their neonatal unit.

Applicants are expected to attend the ACNN National Conference to accept the award.

Scholarship categories

  • To pay course fees leading to a qualification in neonatal care
  • To attend an approved workshop / short course leading to certification for a specific skill relating to the care of newborn infants and their families
  • To attend a national or international conference to present a paper following acceptance of an abstract. Preference will be given for presenting at the ACNN National Conference

Key dates

  • Applications open:  1 March 2018
  • Applications close:  31 March 2018
  • Notification of outcome:  TBA
  • Register to attend ACNN national conference by TBA

Further information regarding the application process will be available in early 2018

Enquiries to the Professional Officer,

Updated 15 September  2018

Past Awardees

2016Amy Forbes-CoeCourse FeesNeonatal Nurse Practitioner
2016Anndrea FlintCourse FeesNeonatal Nurse Practitioner
2016Megan BaterInternational
Conference attendance
Council of International Neonatal Nurse’s Conference in Vancouver, August 2016
2015Deanne AugustEarly Career Research Scholarship

Investigating Neonatal Pressure Injuries

2015Kobi BestEarly Career Research ScholarshipInvestigating Sensory Exposure to Light and Sound in the Newborn Care Unit
2014Sally JestonCourse FeesNeonatal Nurse Practitioner
2014Michelle PaliwodaCourse FeesBachelor of Nursing (Honours)
2013Nadine GriffithsInternational Conference attendanceCouncil of International Neonatal Nurse’s Conference in Belfast, September 2013
2013Rosemarie BolandInternational Conference attendanceSite visit to the EPICure Research Centre at University College, London and to attend the European Society for Paediatric Research Conference in Porto, Portugal, October 10 – 14, 2013.
2013Kerryn HileyCourse WorkMasters in Health Science in Clinical Practice - majoring in Neonatal Care
2011Chelsea WebsterEarly Career Research ScholarshipComparing the osmolality and bacterial cultures of three commercially available human milk fortifiers over a 24 hour period.
2010Donna HoveyEarly Career Research Scholarship“Has changing continuous positive airway pressure device from single nasopharyngeal tube to short binasal prongs affected clinical outcomes in very low birth weight infants?”.
2010Sarah WarneEarly Career Research Scholarship“Exploring fathers’ bonding experiences with their preterm and/or sick infant: a qualitative study”.