Nominations are now being accepted for Modern Healthcare's second annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.
Roughly 3 million nurses work throughout the healthcare industry, including at community hospitals, doctors' offices, retail clinics, schools at all grade levels—and especially in a growing number of C-suite positions at health systems across the country. These awards are designed to recognize their extensive influence. Once again, the program is being conducted in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta.
Awards will be presented in several categories:
- The Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award: To honor a nurse or nursing program that in the past two years has engaged in extraordinary acts of providing healthcare in areas of special need, either domestically or globally. The award is named after President Jimmy Carter's late mother, affectionately known as Miss Lillian, who worked as a nurse in community hospitals and nursing homes before, late in her career, joining the Peace Corps to extend that service around the world.
- Staff-level nurse: For floor or department leaders who have found the time to provide inspiration and innovation as they deliver day-to-day care.
- Senior-level nurse administrators: For those who have developed programs or initiatives that improve the quality of healthcare delivery. New this year will be awards specifically for a chief nursing officer, chief nursing informatics officer and chief experience officer as well as an award in an “other titles” category.
- Also new this year will be three awards—gold, silver and bronze for teams: To recognize team-based solutions/approaches to improving healthcare delivery and throughput, boosting quality or solving patient-care problems. Nominations must be for teams of nurses or multidisciplinary teams led by a nurse or nurses.The teams can be in any sector.
- In addition, a new Diversity in Nursing Award will be presented: To recognize a person or program for achievement in advancing diversity—racial, ethnic, gender or sexual orientation—in the nursing workforce, either within the nurse's organization or the profession at large.
- Special recognition also will be given to five “Rising Stars in Nursing”: For accomplished nurse leaders age 35 and under for their achievements in the profession and at their organizations very early in their careers.