Nurse of the Year-Nominations Being Accepted Now

December 1st, 2011


By , BSN, RN

Most weeks one of the features here at Notes from the Nurses' Station is a profile of an RN who does a special job, has taken an interesting career path, or is an expert in their field. These men and women aren't necessarily widely known, they may not be famous, but they are the nurses who make healthcare interesting and relevant.

Do you know any nurses like this?

I present you with two challenges. First, it is's annual Nursing Excellence Awards, honoring superior nurses in regions across the country. From the regional winners the National Nurse of the Year is selected.

The categories for nomination are:

  • Advancing and Leading the Profession – An RN who is well-known and respected as a visionary, innovative leader, and change agent, who has moved the profession forward through work in patient care administration, education or research, or strengthened it through other professional activities, endeavors, or contributions.
  • Inpatient Clinical Care – An RN who has demonstrated superior clinical nursing knowledge and expert skills, and who has applied both in ways that have measurably impacted the quality of care and improved patient care outcomes in any inpatient clinical setting or nursing specialty.
  • Outpatient with Ambulatory Care – An RN who has exemplified outstanding clinical knowledge and nursing expertise in caring for patients in settings outside the hospital in professional home care nursing, home hospice, sub-acute and intermediate, or in other ambulatory community, industrial, or school nurse roles.
  • Patient and Staff Management – An RN who has made significant contributions to the management, supervision or direction of the environment of care and the performance of staff, demonstrating an ability to lead, influence and improve outcomes of care in any inpatient or outpatient setting.
  • Education and Mentorship – An RN who has contributed to nursing’s body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training, or continuing education, or who has guided, supported, or influenced nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways through the art of professional nursing mentorship.
  • Volunteerism and Service – An RN who has given of self in outstanding humanitarian or heroic ways by providing nursing care, skills and expertise in outreach to the community, either at home or abroad, to improve the lives, well-being, and health care of others.

In 1500 words or less you will be asked to answer a series of questions as to why you think your nominee is outstanding and why they should be named Nurse of the Year. For most of us, if you know someone you feel that passionately about, answering the questions will not be difficult.

My second challenge is considerably less work. Tell me who your fabulous nurses are and why. I am always interested in speaking with colleagues and finding out what makes them tick, where their passion for nursing comes from, and what it is about them that make rest of us look up to them?

Just leave me a message in the reply section under this blog telling me a little about your favorite nurse and I will get in touch with you to find out more. I can't offer fame and fortune, but I can share what makes these RNs special with everyone else who stops by the Nurses' Station.

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