Four nurses have been awarded for their work and dedication to the profession at a ceremony last night.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) held its awards ceremony in Wellington last night.
Whanganui nurse Barbara Hammond was honoured for her long service to the organisation, praised for being "an effective member and delegate for over 20 years".
"I can't think of a more worthy recipient for this award," NZNO president Marion Guy.
Palmerston North nurse, Nicki Twigge, who has a background in specialist palliative care, was honoured for her service.
"Nicki is held in high regard amongst her work colleagues who appreciate her strengths in building relationships, her visionary and fresh approach to situations and her willingness to take risks in order to seize opportunities," Ms Guy said.
"NZNO wouldn't function without the hard work and passion of people like Nicki."
Hawkes Bay nurse, Rosemary McGillicuddy was honoured for her service to nursing and midwifery.
The senior staff nurse at Hawkes Bay DHB was praised for being an "advocate for the rights of nurses in every way", by NZNO Kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku.
"Rose may not see herself as a leader but the consensus in the hospital is that Rose is the perfect delegate who not only advocates for nurses but also practices in a manner to which everyone aspires."
Maureen Allan, Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi and Tainui, became the latest recipient of Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO's prestigious Akenehi Hei Award, which honours significant contribution to Maori health.
A nurse with a long career in community health, Ms Allan was described as having "an outstanding" career and being an "inspiration" to others.