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Nominations are now open for 2019 nursing awards

October 4, 2018

The WSNA Awards Committee and the Professional Nursing and Health Care Council are seeking outstanding WSNA members as nominees for the 2019 WSNA Recognition Awards. Nominations must be received at WSNA no later than Jan. 31, 2019.

  • The awardees will be notified in March 2019. The awards, given every two years, will be presented at a special awards reception at the 2019 Washington State Nurses Convention on May 2, 2019.
  • Nominations must be accompanied with a narrative from the nominator, listing the nominee’s credentials and achievements, and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae / resume.

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WSNA Award Categories

Honorary Recognition Award

In alignment with WSNA goals, nurses in Washington state will be informed on issues and trends that affect their professional practice. This award may be conferred at any Convention upon persons who have made significant contributions, rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing profession, the name or names having been recommended by the Board of Directors. Honorary Recognition shall not be conferred on more than two persons at any Convention.

The nominee must be a WSNA member who:

  1. has actively contributed by having held elected/appointed state, district or local unit office
  2. has been a consumer advocate and/or interpreted the role of nursing to consumers

Marguerite Cobb Public Health / Community Health Nurse Award

In alignment with WSNA goals, nurses will lead the profession wherever decisions are made affecting nursing and health care and will be responsive to cultural diversity needs of nurses and to the consumers of health care. This award recognizes the outstanding professional contributions of one public health or community health nurse and calls this achievement to the attention of members of the profession as well as the general public.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current and active WSNA member or have been a WSNA member during the years of service for which this award is given
  2. Must have made a significant contribution and have shown leadership to the field of public or community health nursing

Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leadership Award

In alignment with WSNA goals, nurses will promote the professional development and advance the economic and general welfare of all nurses. This award was established in 1995 in recognition of Joanna Boatman’s significant contributions to the advancement of staff nurses and her achievements in improving the economic and general welfare of nurses in the State of Washington.

The nominee:

  1. Must have been a WSNA member for at least one year
  2. Must currently be employed as a staff nurse
  3. Must have made a significant contribution (at the local or state level) to the advancement of staff nurses or in the economic and general welfare area of nursing

ANA Honorary Membership Pin

In alignment with WSNA goals, nurses will anticipate and respond to the changing needs to the profession and nurses. This award is presented to a WSNA member or members in recognition of outstanding leadership, as well as participation in and contributions to the purposes of WSNA and ANA.

The nominee:

  1. Must have demonstrated outstanding leadership that contributed to the purposes of the WSNA, district and/or ANA
  2. Must have held elected/appointed state, national or district office

Community Partner Award

In alignment with WSNA goals, this award recognizes a community and/or consumer partner who has contributed significantly to promoting health and a positive image of nurses through advocacy, safety and/or quality health care improvement(s).

The nominee has demonstrated interest in professional nursing by:

  1. contributing in a concrete way to its growth and development
  2. promoting better understanding of professional nursing in the community

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council Awards

Excellence in Practice Award

Presented to an individual, recognizing excellence in practice in the direct care of patients/clients.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current WSNA member
  2. Demonstrates an evidence-based contribution or achievement that positively impacts patients and the advancement of nursing practice
  3. Leads their work through effective collaboration with stakeholders and colleagues

Leadership and Management Award

Presented to an individual, recognizing excellence in nursing leadership and management.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current WSNA member
  2. Promotes professional development of nurses and facilitates excellence in clinical practice
  3. Demonstrates progressive leadership and management practice
  4. Fosters a care environment that promotes creativity and enhances quality of care for patients/clients and/or communities
  5. Promotes a safe, supportive and professional working environment

Nurse Educator Award

Presented to an individual, recognizing excellence in nursing education.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current WSNA member
  2. Demonstrates excellence in nursing education through evidence-based, innovative and inspirational methods
  3. Promotes the professional education of nursing students and/or nurses
  4. Fosters an educational environment that promotes learning and meets highest outcomes for learning
  5. Promotes enthusiasm for students and nurses to pursue advancement of professional education

Ethics and Human Rights Award

Presented to an individual, recognizing excellence in ethics and human rights.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current WSNA member
  2. Through major contribution or achievement supports ethical and human rights issues in Washington state
  3. Demonstrates work that is accomplished through partnership with communities.

Nurse Researcher Award

Presented to an individual or a group, recognizing excellence in nursing research that addresses practice issues. The awardee(s) may be asked to present the research in a poster or presentation at the Washington State Nurses Convention, and/or to write a summary of the work for The Washington Nurse.

The nominee:

  1. Must be a current WSNA member (if the nominee is a group or team, at least one member of the group must be a WSNA member)
  2. Research conducted by the nominee must have relevance to practice and direct practice implications
  3. Conducts sound research procedures including the protection of human subjects
  4. Disseminates relevant research findings through publications, presentations and/or conferences

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