2017 Awards Process

2017 Awards Timeline

January 1, 2017, through noon on January 31, 2017:

Public nominations accepted for nurses in 15 categories

February 13, 2017, through noon on March 6, 2017:

Nurses accept nominations & submit essays

March 24, 2017, through noon on April 7, 2017:

Final nominations scored by panel of judges

April 1, 2017, through noon on May 3, 2017:

Event tickets available for purchase

April 19, 2017, through May 11, 2017:

Pre-register for online bidding for silent auction items

May 12, 2017:

Award winners announced at events dinner




Award Categories

Categories for LPNs and RNs

(must have at least 2 years of experience)

Administrative Leadership

This category is reserved for any nurse who has been a catalyst for positive change within a healthcare facility or within the community.

Advanced Practice

This category is reserved for RNs licensed as either nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists.

Clinical Leadership

This category is reserved for any nurse who in a leadership position integrates care for a distinct group of patients and may actively provide direct patient care.

Community/Behavioral Health

Community health nursing is an umbrella term used for all nurses who work in the community, in any of the following settings: public health, community health, county health departments, home health, schools, employee health departments, clinics, occupational health, hospice, work sites, etc. Behavorial health recognizes nurses working in the mental health arena.

Critical Care

This category is reserved for any nurse who works in an intensive acute care setting such the ICU, CCU, PICU, PACU, NICU, Flight Nursing, etc.

Education

This category is reserved for nurses whose primary focus is student, staff, or patient education. This setting may be within academia or within a healthcare facility.

Emergency Nursing

This category is reserved for any nurse who works within an emergency nursing setting.

Innovation and Advocacy

This category recognizes any nurse who has completed an extraordinary project to improve patient care or healthcare delivery in any healthcare setting. The focus may be on an individual or a patient population.

Lifetime Achievement

Established in 2002, this category is reserved for nurses who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in nursing for 25 years or more, with at least 10 of the years being in Northern Nevada. Eligible nurses must also demonstrate significant contributions to nursing in Northern Nevada. Retired nurses are eligible for nomination. Posthumous nominations will not be considered.

Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation

This category is reserved for nurses who work in long-term care or rehabilitation settings.

Maternal/Child

This category is reserved for any nurse working in maternal/child health.

Medical/Surgical

This category is reserved for any nurse who works in an acute care setting.

Nursing Informatics

This category is reserved for any nurse who works in nursing informatics.

Office/Outpatient

This category is reserved for nurses who work in physician offices, clinics, and/or urgent care settings.

Other Categories

Rookie of the Year

This category is reserved for LPNs and RNs with less than 2 years experience in any nursing field. Original licensure must be dated between January 31, 2015, and January 31, 2017.