2013 Nurse of the Year Awards Call for Nominations!
Phoenix, Arizona, March 01, 2013
March of Dimes Arizona Chapter is seeking nominations from the public and health care professionals for the 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. The statewide event will be held on Saturday, August 25th at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.
This year’s theme, Arizona Nursing Excellence, will pay tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who continue to deliver the highest standard of care to their patients. Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, KPHO CBS 5’s Sean McLaughlin and Nicole Crites will take guests and honorees back through time to revisit major milestones in March of Dimes history. In 2013, March of Dimes celebrates its 75 anniversary. Last year, more than 85,000 babies were born and March of Dimes helped each and every one of them through 75 years of research, vaccines, advocacy and medical breakthroughs.
The 2013 Gala Chairperson is Sharon Glanville, RN, MSN, NEA-BC Executive Director-Women's and Children's Services, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one of fourteen different categories.
Click here to nominate an outstanding nurse! The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2013.
ADVANCING THE PROFESSION THROUGH EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: RNs who have conducted or utilized nursing research to improve patient outcome. Nominations in this category can be submitted for individual performance or a team project. If submitting a team nomination, the project leader must be an RN.
CLINICAL EDUCATOR: RNs who have made significant contributions to orientation programs, competency assessment, and/or educating nurses in the clinical setting. This individual seeks professional growth through specialty certification or education, and encourages professional and personal growth in others.
CHAMBERLAIN COLLEGE OF NURSING ACADEMIC EDUCATION: RNs who serve as nursing faculty in the university or college setting. This individual is dedicated to developing nursing students at entry, graduate or doctoral level, and ensuring the future of nursing through theory generation.
FEDERAL/MILITARY: RNs who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, Veterans Administration, or United States Public Health Service. This individual exemplifies duty to country and profession. Military nominees may be part of any active, reserve or guard unit which must be identified in the nomination. NOTE: Federal/Military RNs must be assigned to a facility within the state of Arizona, but can be licensed in any state and are exempt from the Arizona residency requirement.
ADVOCACY FOR PATIENTS: RNs who go beyond the call of duty to advocate for patients. This person demonstrates perseverance on behalf of his/her patient or population of patients and uses active force of commitment to do what is needed to ensure support for his/her patients during times of need.
INNOVATION/CREATIVITY: RNs who have made innovative/creative contributions to improve patient care or professional nursing practice. The nominee must show evidence of the creative presentation of concepts relating to nursing practice, management ethical issues and/or research.
LEADERSHIP: RNs who demonstrate an ability to lead and influence others, regardless of position or title. This individual acts as an agent of change to improve and enhance the practice of nursing and/or healthcare delivery. This individual seeks professional growth through specialty certification or education and advocates for nursing at the local, state, and national level.
MENTORING: RNs who provide positive professional influence, guidance and support to other nurses. The nominee actively shapes the career of a nurse by sharing resources, giving sound advice and counsel; shares vision without overshadowing individual or group creativity; and actively supports those who are working on advancing their nursing career through formal and informal means.
PATIENT CARE – CLINICAL NURSING ROLE: RNs who demonstrate excellence in delivering care directly to the patient. This individual seeks professional growth through specialty certification or education, and has an unwavering commitment to his/her patients and community, making a difference in the lives of his/her patients.
DISTRICT MEDICAL GROUP PRENATAL/PEDIATRIC: RNs whose influence and service in the care of prenatal, neonatal and pediatric patients exemplify the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies. This person demonstrates an ongoing compassion for educating and empowering patients’ families on the healthcare needs of their children.
RISING STAR: RNs who, within the first 18 months of practice, exemplify outstanding caring, leadership and professionalism.
RURAL NURSE: RNs who are dedicated to serving those in areas of isolation, low or sparse population, or where there is a lack of urban influence. This individual advocates for his/her population by trying to make the best care possible accessible to his/her patients.
ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER PATIENT CARE – ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLE: RNs with advanced practice degrees who demonstrate excellence in delivering care directly to the patient or patient population. This individual has an unwavering commitment to his/her patients and community. This individual improves patient outcomes and incorporates nursing research into daily practice and/or clinical programs.
DISTINGUISHED NURSE OF THE YEAR: RNs who have demonstrated leadership and expertise throughout their career in the areas of patient care, community service and advocacy. This individual gives back to the profession in diverse ways, setting a positive example for current and future nurses. NOTE: Only Hospital Administrators or Nursing Supervisors may nominate RNs for this category.
March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala was established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as support future nurses through scholarship funding. In the past nine years, March of Dimes has presented over 130-thousand in scholarship dollars to nursing colleges at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College and University of Arizona. Funds raised also help March of Dimes further its mission in Arizona.
The 2013 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala is sponsored by Cigna, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chamberlain College of Nursing, GlaxoSmithKline, Greater Valley Area Education Center and KPHO CBS 5.
For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Heather Cole at (602) 287-9923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About March of Dimes:
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org/arizona.