Perioperative Nurses Week 2021

Perioperative Nurses Week (PNW) is ACORN’s week to celebrate our profession, our people and the essential role we play in the health care equation.

PNW 2021

Sunday 3 October to Saturday 9 October

At ACORN, we've been busy planning fun, education, competitions and PRIZES!

GLUE Award(s)

Lip Sync Competition

Perioperative Fundamentals launch

PNW week of events

Posters to promote PNW 2021

GLUE Award(s)

Perioperative nurses stick together, there is no doubt about it!

Sometimes, there is a special nurse who just makes coming to work great. You know you’re going to have a good day when this nurse is on. At  ACORN, we want to recognise those nurses and want you to nominate a perioperative nurse who keeps your team together like glue! They are Genuine, they make you Laugh, they are Unique and, above all, they show Empathy. Submit your nominations via the GLUE Awards post on the ACORN Facebook page. These awards are sponsored by Multigate, and we thank them for their kind donations. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented on Saturday 9 October 2021 at the PNW Closing and awards ceremony.

Lip Sync Competition

You work hard, you play hard. Perioperative nurses know how to have fun. Choose your anthem, get those clogs moving and sing along to win big prizes! All you need to do is record 30 seconds of your best lip sync and dancing moves to one of the following songs:

  • Walk this way (Aerosmith)
  • We are family (Sister Sledge)
  • With a little help from my friends (Beatles).

Get as many periop team members in as possible! Submit your video via the Lip Sync competition post on the ACORN Facebook page. Tune in on Saturday 9 October 2021 to see the winning videos and prizes awarded during the PNW Closing and awards ceremony.

Launch of the Perioperative Fundamentals series

You spoke, we listened. Members have told us that they wanted ‘back to basics’ style education for novice perioperative nurses and nurses wanting a refresher. We introduce to you the new Perioperative Fundamentals webinar series. These webinars are free and you can register to attend via the ACORN Events calendar.

PNW 2021 events

This is the first webinar in our new Perioperative Fundamentals series. There will be a sneaky code word somewhere in the webinar. Find this code word and submit it via the ACORN Facebook page to go into the draw to win. This webinar is sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, and we thank them for their input and generosity.

Register for Wound Closure webinar 

Being on your feet all day, it's essential that perioperative nurses wear supportive shoes and look after their foot health. We also know that in the perioperative environment, with staff wearing matching outfits, that fancy footwear can be a fun, unique, identifying factor! On Tuesday 5 October show us your fancy footwear via the ACORN Facebook page to go into the draw to win generous vouchers, from Sanita Australia, to keep your feet happy and comfortable! We thank Sanita Australia for their kind donations.

Who doesn’t love a good mascot? Does your workplace have a perioperative mascot? If not, you have until Wednesday 6 October to adopt one.

Snap a photo of your friendly, funky or cheeky mascot to go in the draw to win cupcakes for your team! Send your photos to the competition post on the ACORN Facebook page to win!

Make sure to include your mascot’s name, and any significant backstory to how they became your mascot.

The ACORN Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting perioperative research conducted by Australian higher degree research students. The 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. This webinar session will present the competition entrants and award a prize of $1000.



You spend your days looking after patients and colleagues – but are you looking after yourself? Wellbeing looks different to everybody, and we want to see what your perioperative wellbeing looks like. Submit your photo on Friday 8 October, via the competition post on the ACORN Facebook page to go into the draw to win ACORN Wellbeing packs to help you to look after yourself – even on the tough days!

The final day of PNW 2021! Join us for ACORN closing sentiments, presentation of the ACORN GLUE awards, and prizes for the winners of the Lip Sync competition! This event will be hosted on Zoom and is free to attend. The presentation and awards ceremony will commence at 11:00am AEST.

Join the PNW 2021 ceremony