The Ida O’Dwyer Prize

The Ida O’Dwyer Prize was originally awarded to a graduating nurse at St Vincent’s when nursing training was completed in hospitals.  Today the Graduate Nurses Association is proud to support this tradition by offering the prize to a St Vincent’s Graduate Nurse.

Ida O’Dwyer left her home in Bendigo to commence her nursing training at St Vincent’s Hospital and graduated in 1902.

Ida nursed in the First World War as part of the AIF delivering care in Egypt, England and France, achieving a Royal Red Cross for her devotion to duty. She was the inaugural President of the St Vincent’s Hospital Graduate Nurses Association.

The prize, proudly sponsored by our Graduate Nurses Association is awarded to a Graduate Nurse who encompasses:

  • knowledge and thorough nursing skills
  • commitment to the nursing profession at St Vincent’s
  • behaviour reflective of our values,
  • confidence to think ahead and act accordingly, and
  • willingness to work effectively within a team and support colleagues

The prize is $1000 and a copy of the book: “A Professions Pathway – Nursing at St Vincent’s since 1893”.

The 2016 Ida O’Dwyer Prize was awarded to Rebecca Jackson and Natasha Tabone was the 2015 recipient of the Prize.


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