Celebrating friendship with the winners of the NMS story competition

Read the winning entries and listen to our podcasts with writers Melinda Jesudason and Leanne O’Connor.

Winners Blog


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Nurse & Midwife Story competition. Congratulation to our winners:

Melinda Jesudason, Registered Nurse: Hester and Mel — Three Decades of Friendship

Leanne O’Connor, Registered Midwife: My Friend Rowena 

We hope you enjoy reading the stories from our winners as much as we did. The stories are heartfelt, poignant, and joyful.

They honour and acknowledge the importance of the friendship of a peer who understands the complexity of our work and the gratitude for their support.

Thank you to all who submitted their story. Our panel of judges enjoyed reading them. Picking the winners was a tough decision.

Listen to the winners read their stories and discuss their friendships on the Your Health Matters podcast:

Episode 34: Celebrating nursing friendships with Melinda Jesudason

Episode 35: Celebrating midwifery friendships with Leanne O’Connor

To all the incredible nurses and midwives out there, we know you are working hard, often under challenging circumstances. We want you to know we are here to support you whenever you need us:

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Thank you to all our friends who support us we appreciate you. Your friendship matters.