March of Dimes Arizona Chapter is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala
Terri Spitz, March of Dimes, (602)287-9929, email@example.com
2012 Nurse of the Year Call for NominationsPhoenix, Arizona,
March of Dimes Arizona Chapter announced today that nominations for the 9th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala will now be accepted. The statewide event will be held on Saturday, August 25th at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 North 3rd Street.
This year’s theme, Arizona Nursing - A Centennial of Care, will pay tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who continue to deliver the highest standard of care to their patients. Guests and honorees will be taken back through time to revisit major milestones in the Arizona history of nursing.
Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one or more of fourteen different categories. Click here for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is May 18, 2012 at 5p.m.
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.
GLAXO SMITHKLINE 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.
BROOKLINE COLLEGE 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 eight years, March of Dimes has presented over 120-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 event is co-presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. The 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala is sponsored by Cigna, Banner Health, Chamberlain College of Nursing, GlaxoSmithKline and CBS 5. For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nicole Moyer 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.com/Arizona.