Excellence in Nursing Awards 2016

About the program

In praise of nurses

America's 3.4 million nurses serve in a variety of settings, from the bedside to the C-suite and from the OR to the dean's office. During most healthcare visits, a nurse will be the first caregiver a patient encounters. In a growing number of situations, advanced-practice nurses, who typically have master's degrees, will be the only caregiver a patient sees.

Lillian Carter served as a Peace Corps nurse volunteer in India for nearly two years in the 1960s.

Modern Healthcare launched its Excellence in Nursing Awards — which in its inaugural year is sponsored by the ANA Enterprise, the umbrella organization that includes the American Nurses Association — to shine a spotlight on the diverse and critical roles these clinicians, managers and executives play in delivering high-quality, compassionate care. We profile the three award winners in this special section.

We are especially honored to present the Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award — presented in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta. The award recognizes a nurse or nursing program that stands out for providing healthcare in areas of special need. It's 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 continue serving and caring for others abroad.

More than 150 nominations were received for these awards. We thank our judges, eight distinguished nursing leaders (See p. 18), for taking on the challenging job of choosing among the many high-caliber nominees submitted. We also thank all nursing professionals for their service. —Merrill Goozner

From the sponsor

Celebrating the nurses who set the standard

The practice of nursing is changing faster than ever before. In the past year alone, we've made major leaps in education, policy and leadership. Our profession continues to rise to the Institute of Medicine's challenge of increasing the proportion of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from 50% to 80% by 2020; the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act was reintroduced in Congress; and for the 14th time since 1999, nursing was rated as the most trusted profession by an annual Gallup poll that ranks honesty and ethics in professions.

Marla Weston
American Nurses Association

Our growing workforce of nurses is smarter, stronger and savvier than ever — and opportunities for nurses continue to expand. There will be far more jobs available for registered nurses than for any other profession through 2022, at more than 100,000 per year. This is an incredible opportunity for our profession, and it is nurses such as the Modern Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Award winners profiled in this issue who continue to take the practice of nursing forward.

The ANA Enterprise salutes the Excellence in Nursing Award honorees for embodying exactly what it means to be a nurse today. We must be fearless. We must be forward-thinking. We must care passionately for our patients. And we must lead.

The ANA Enterprise comprises the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Foundation. These organizations leverage the combined strength of each entity to drive excellence in practice and ensure the voice and vision of nurses are recognized. We embody and support the values that this year's award winners exemplify: excellence in practice, courage and compassion to elevate the entire profession.

We are honored to sponsor the awards and celebrate these amazing nurses who are lighting the way for their colleagues, their patients and their industry. It is up to all of us to ensure that nurse leaders continue to be supported and rewarded for their vision.

The Judges

Judy Finley
Chief nursing officer, Veterans Affairs Department Southeast Network

Susan Grant
Executive vice president and chief nursing officer, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Mich.

Marilyn Margolis
CEO, Emory Johns Creek (Ga.) Hospital

Kathleen Sanford
Senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo.

Roy Simpson
Vice president of nursing, Cerner Corp., North Kansas City, Mo.

Tom Sweeney
Vice president and chief nursing officer, Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Md.

Barbara Todd
Director of Advanced Practice Department of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia

Holly Ann Williams
Nurse epidemiologist/anthropologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

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