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Excellence in Nursing Awards

Previous Honorees

20172016
 

About

The Excellence in Nursing awards program, in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, honors men and women with nursing degrees and backgrounds who are providing leadership at hospitals, health systems and other healthcare sectors, nursing programs and in other initiatives, all aimed at improving healthcare delivery.

Honorees will show exemplary leadership in advancing care through nursing as well as developing innovative programs to solve vexing patient-care problems. The range of activities might include high-tech or low-tech solutions, staff development, nurse coaching programs, nurse-led caregiver collaborations and other transformation-of-care practices.

This year’s program includes additional award categories and other changes to expand recognition of nursing professionals throughout the industry.

The Excellence in Nursing Program is sponsored by:

ANA

View the 2017 Winners
 

Eligibility

    Men and women from all healthcare sectors currently active in a nursing role, including formal education and training in nursing.
 

Key Dates & Deadlines

    • Call for Nominations - July 25, 2016
    • Nomination Deadline - Extended - October 31, 2016
    • Winners Announced - January 16, 2017
 

Judging Criteria

    This annual recognition program comprises six award categories:

    1. Unit/departmental Nursing Leader Award
    Staff nurses who are floor departmental leaders, providing inspiration as they deliver day-to-day care

    2.Senior-level Nursing Leader Awards
    These are seasoned leaders who have developed programs or initiatives that improve the quality of healthcare delivery. There positions have little or no direct patient-care responsibilities.

    We will be presenting awards in four categories for senior-level leaders:
    • Chief nursing officer
    • Chief nursing informatics officer
    • Chief experience officer (nursing degree and nursing background required)
    • Other senior-level administrator titles (no restrictions on titles to be considered in this category)

      Criteria:

      For these two categories, we are looking for detailed description and documentation of how the nominee's work and leadership improved quality and outcomes; patient satisfaction; cost and efficiency. Please provide as much quantitative information as possible to support the achievements.

      Entry Process

      Nominations must be submitted through an online entry form. Entries will require narratives of 250 words or less describing how the nominee has performed on each of the criteria above. Submission of supporting documents is strongly encouraged.
    3. The Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award
    This award honors a nurse or nursing program that has engaged in extraordinary acts of providing healthcare in areas of special need. It is named after President Jimmy Carter’s late mother, affectionately known as Miss Lillian, who worked in community hospitals and nursing homes before, late in her career, joining the Peace Corps to extend that service around the world.

      Criteria:

      The nomination should be for programs, initiatives or nurse-led efforts within the past two years. They can be either domestic or global. Nominations should explain the scope of the special need and how the nurse or program made a difference. We are looking for detailed description and documentation of the nominee’s work, explaining the issues addressed, who it impacted and actual outcomes of the nominee’s efforts.

      Entry Process:

      Nominations must be submitted through an online entry form. Each entry will require a summary of the program or initiative (400 words or less) explaining its mission and the results. Please provide as much quantitative information as possible to support the nomination. Submission of supporting documents such as reports and letters of recommendation is highly encouraged.

    4. NEW: Nursing Team-Achievement Awards

    Three awards will be presented—gold, silver and bronze—to recognize team-based solutions/approaches to improving healthcare delivery and throughput, boosting quality or solving patient-care problems. The teams can be in any sector of healthcare (hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, outpatient centers, etc.).


      Criteria:

      Nominations must comprise teams of nurses or multidisciplinary teams led by a nurse or nurses. We are looking for detailed description and documentation of the team’s work, explaining the issues addressed, who it impacted and actual outcomes of the team’s efforts. The team’s work must have taken place within the past two years.

      Entry Process:

      Nominations must be submitted through an online entry form. Each entry will require a summary (400 words or less) of the team’s goals and accomplishments. Please provide as much quantitative information as possible to support the nomination. Submission of supporting documents is highly encouraged.
    5. NEW: Diversity in Nursing Award
    This award will recognize a person or program for achievement in advancing diversity—racial, ethnic, gender or sexual orientation—in the nursing workforce, either within nurse’s organization or the profession at large. The work should have occurred within the past two years.

      Criteria:

      Nominations must include measurable, reportable growth in diversity or diversity promotion through development of specific programs, educational initiatives, events, etc. We are looking for detailed description and documentation of the nominee’s work explaining the issues addressed, who it impacted and actual outcomes of the nominee’s efforts.

      Entry Process:

      Nominations must be submitted through an online entry form. Each entry will require a summary (400 words or less) of the nominee’s goals and accomplishments, explaining the issues addressed, who it impacted and actual outcomes. Please provide as much quantitative information as possible to support the nomination. Submission of supporting documents is highly encouraged.

    6. NEW: Rising Stars in Nursing
    This special designation will recognize a number of accomplished young nurse leaders for their achievements in the profession and at their organizations very early in their careers.

      Criteria:

      Nominees must be age 35 or under as of the nomination deadline. They will be judged based on their achievements and contributions to the practice of nursing by: 1) adding to the value/quality equation; 2) stepping up into leadership positions within the organization or in the nursing profession at large; 3) playing prominent roles to improve the health and well-being of their communities. We are looking for detailed description and documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments, explaining the issues addressed, who it impacted and actual outcomes.

      Entry Process:

      Nominations must be submitted through an online entry form. Entries will require narratives of 250 words or less describing how the nominee has performed on as many of the criteria above as applicable. Submission of supporting documents is highly encouraged.
 

Fee

There is no fee for this program.

 

Event

There is currently no event scheduled for this program.

 

Contact

For questions about the program, including the judging process, criteria, categories, or deadline, please contact Dave May.

For questions regarding the nomination process of this program, please contact Jodi Sniegocki.

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