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Nurse of the Year Awards

Nurse of the Year awards are presented during Nurses Week in recognition of individual nurses who have demonstrated an exemplary level of practice, and are recognized by peers, other colleagues, physicians, leadership or even families who come forward and submit a nomination form to recognize these individuals.

Nominees celebrate with their families and friends at the Nurse of the Year ceremony where awards are presented for the following categories: mentorship, nursing leadership, advancement of the profession, excellence in clinical practice, community service, and the Florence Nightingale award for inpatient and outpatient care.

2015 Nurses of the Year

Congratulations to the 2015 Nurse of the Year Nominees and Winners. The Nurse of the Year ceremony was held on May 5 and the following winners were named:
  • Community Service: Sara M., BSN, RN - Cardiovascular ICU
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice: Erika A., RN - Neuro Medical ICU
  • Leadership: Theresa P., MSN, RN, CNRN - Resource Team
  • Mentorship: Jamie N., RN - Cardiovascular ICU
  • Advancement of the Profession: Claire S., BSN, RN – Gateway Neuro ICU
  • Florence Nightingale Award – Main Campus: Julie E., RN, CCRN - Surgical Trauma Cardiovascular ICU
  • Florence Nightingale Award – Deaconess Gateway Campus: Jamie M., BSN, RN - Gateway Orthopedics
  • Florence Nightingale Award – Deaconess Cross Pointe Campus: Rhonda V., RN-BC - Child/Adolescent Unit


2014 Nurses of the Year

  • Mentorship - David N., RN, CMSRN 
  • Leadership - Claire B., BSN, RN, CMSRN 
  • Community Service - Olivia G., BSN, RN
  • Excellence In Clinical Practice - Susan M., BSN, RN, CCRN, TNS 
  • Advancement Of The Profession - Mary Y., BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Florence Nightingale, Main Campus - Sara M., BSN, RN, CVN
  • Florence Nightingale, Gateway - Rebecca D., BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN
  • Florence Nightingale , Cross Pointe - Edna F., BSN, RN-BC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Diana E., BSN, RN, CN, BC

2013 Nurses of the Year

  • Mentorship:  Ashley B.
  • Leadership:  Sheiliea T.
  • Advancement of the Profession:  Maggie T.
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice:  Alicia A.
  • Community Service:  Margaret A.
  • Florence Nightingale (CP):  Rhonda V.
  • Florence Nightingale (GW):  Pam G.
  • Florence Nightingale (Main):  Dawn R.

Each year, Deaconess nurses nominate their peers for these awards. Winners are chosen based on customer service to patients and/or peers, clinical excellence, growth in profession (through educational opportunities such as inservices, reviewing journals, classes, committees and certifications), and examples of leadership, teamwork and/or mentoring qualities on the unit, in the hospital or in the community.