Heather May Herrick Scholarship

Heather May Herrick Scholarship program (2019–2023)

Applications for 2020 open on 1 February

This scholarship is named in honour of Heather May Herrick who received outstanding palliative and pain management care from a nurse practitioner in the last months of her life, support which made a huge difference to Heather and her family.

Heather’s family is funding the Heather May Herrick scholarship program in appreciation for the unique role of the nurse practitioner in Australia and the outstanding work that they do with the aim of supporting more nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses to deliver services to people like Heather.

Each scholarship will consist of $1000 towards registration and travel fees associated with attending the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) conference in September of each year. Up to ten scholarships will be awarded each year over the five years 2019–2023.

The scholarship seeks to support nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in delivering services with the priorities of pain management and palliative care and those who are working towards gaining nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse qualifications. It aims to connect future and new nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses with a network in order to build these roles within the communities so as to assist people like Heather.

The scholarship recognises the challenges that nurse practitioners and advanced prac­tice nurses in rural and remote areas face to attend conferences and other professional development opportunities due to the cost and travel that is required.

The next round of scholarship applications opens on 1 February 2020 with applications closing on 1 May 2020. Winners will be announced at the ACNP National Conference on 4 September 2020.

Click here to download the Heather May Herrick scholarship program 2020 brochure.

Click here to download an application form for the Heather May Herrick scholarship program.

Heather May Herrick scholarship winners

Winners of the 2019 Heather May Herrick scholarship 2019 presented at the ANCP Conference with Heather's husband Stephen and son Andrew. Stephen was also awarded an honorary fellowship by ANCP.

 

 

Heather was born in Maitland NSW on 27th July 1945 to prominent dairy farmers in the Hunter Valley. In her high school years Heather was a champion high jumper and on leaving school went on to senior secretarial positions in the Commonwealth Bank. She married her husband Stephen in 1967 and their son Andrew was born in 1973. Heather looked after the administrative aspects of Stephen’s legal and mediation practices.

In 2005 Heather was diagnosed with the first of four painful primary cancers. Heather’s doctor was limited in the quantity of addictive drugs that could be prescribed due to legislation designed to curb prescription drug shopping. In a chance meeting Heather’s family became aware of a nurse practitioner, Anne Booms, who took over Heather’s pain management in what was now the palliative care stage of her treatment. Heather’s last two months of life were comfortable and her last days were much more manageable thanks to Anne’s care, support and skill.

Heather’s response to the terrible diseases she was confronted with was nothing less than heroic. She was a wonderful mother and wife and is sorely missed.

The scholarship seeks to support nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in delivering services with the priorities of pain management and palliative care and those who are working towards gaining nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse qualifications. It aims to connect future and new nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses with a network in order to build these roles within the communities so as to assist people like Heather.

The scholarship recognises the challenges that nurse practitioners and advanced prac­tice nurses in rural and remote areas face to attend conferences and other professional development opportunities due to the cost and travel that is required.

Attendance at the ACNP conference in September in the year of application is required for the scholarship to be granted. Applications to delay the scholarship can be made to the committee in extenuating circumstances.

Ten scholarships will be awarded each year

The program is for five years from 2019 to 2023 with ten scholarships awarded each year allocated as below:

  • three scholarships will be awarded to advanced practice nurses intending to become nurse practitioners
  • two scholarships will be awarded to nurse practitioners in their first two years of practice
  • three scholarships will be awarded to nurse practitioners or advanced practice nurses in rural and remote areas
  • two scholarships will be awarded to nurse practitioners or advanced practice nurses working in a community setting.

Key dates 2020

1 February 2020

Applications open

1 May 2020

Applications close

17 May – 29 May 2020

Working party meet and select winners

10 June 2020

Applicants notified of outcome

4 September 2020

Scholarship winners presented at the ACNP National Conference
(All notifications are to be held in confidence until this date.)

Similar dates will apply in future years of the program.

Each scholarship will consist of $1000 towards registration and travel fees associated with attending the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) conference in September of each year. Ten scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded every year over the five years 2019 to 2023.

Selection criteria

Essential

Applicants must be at least one of the following:

  • working in pain management
  • working in palliative care
  • working towards gaining advanced practice nurse or nurse practitioner qualifications.

Other

Applicants may also be:

  • oncology nurses
  • working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • new and emerging nurse practitioners
  • rural and remote nurse practitioners
  • intensive care nurses.

Judging 

Applicants meeting the essential criteria will be given more weight than those meeting only other criteria. The judging will be conducted by the Heather May Herrick Scholarship Committee, which will consist of two members of the ACNP board and two members of the ACORN board.

Scholarships will be assessed against the following.

  1. Applicants must meet at least one of the criteria listed above.
  2. Applicants must be a financial member of ACNP or ACORN, in any category.
  3. Applicants must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent resident visa and be registered with AHPRA.
  4. Applicants must complete the nomination form in full.

The presentation of winners will be at the ACNP National Conference.

Nominate yourself or consider nominating a colleague.

To apply for the Heather May Merrick Scholarship program:

  1. click here to download and complete the application form. Attachments are welcome and need to be in PDF format.
  2. write a one-page submission which addresses the priorities and how your role development will help make a difference to someone like Heather
  3. email completed form to membership@acnp.org.au.

Please note:

All applications must be received by 1 May 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants submissions will be provided to the judging panel only. Please note that the judge’s decision is final.

Applicants must be working in pain management or palliative care, or working towards gaining advanced practice nurse or nurse practitioner qualifications. Applicants may also be oncology nurses, working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, new and emerging nurse practitioners, rural and remote nurse practitioners or Intensive Care nurses. Submissions that do not address these criteria will not be considered.

For any enquiries please contact either:

ACNP on 1300 433 660 or email membership@acnp.org.au

ACORN on 1300 781 924 or email administrator@acorn.org.au.