In 1980 the Connecticut Nurses’ Association established the Diamond Jubilee Awards to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Association. These prestigious awards represent the highest honor that the nursing profession in Connecticut can bestow on one of its own, a kind of “Nobel Prize” in nursing. These awards are named after some of the most distinguished leaders in Connecticut nursing history. The awards are presented annually at a gala.
AWARDS AND CRITERIA
The Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education recognizes innovations and achievements in areas which may include, but not necessarily limited to: improving the quality of the educational (undergraduate, graduate, continuing education) experience; enhancing the learning environment; conceiving new analytical approaches to subject matter, improving pedagogy; increasing access; applying technology; developing curriculum; allocating resources; assessing learning; strengthening faculty; securing support; clarifying and enlarging nursing education’s role in society; or developing public policy.
The Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research recognizes contributions and innovations in nursing research, which may include, but are not limited to nursing theory, applied clinical research, related fields such as: nursing history, medical anthropology, public health or health care economics.
The Vera R. Keane Award for Distinguished Service to CNA is given to an individual, a group, or an organization that has rendered distinguished service or provided valuable assistance of a voluntary nature to the Association and whose contributions and accomplishments on behalf of CNA are of statewide and national significance.
The Agnes Ohlson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Through Political Action recognizes service, innovation, and achievement in the political arena that contributes to the advancement of nursing and/or improvement of health care in Connecticut. Areas of activity and achievement in the political process may include, but are not limited to: health care legislation; health care regulation; the judicial system; government affairs; and development and/or implementation of public policy.
The Florence S. Wald Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Practice recognizes achievements and innovations in nursing practice or health care delivery to a patient population that may include, but not necessarily be limited to: improved quality of care; new or innovative models of care; increased availability of care; improved access to care; potential or demonstrated impact on the prevention of illness, accidents, or other threats to health; improvement in the overall health status of a patient population(s); improvements in the quality of human life; or relief of human suffering.
The Doris M. Armstrong Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Administration recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation and leadership in nursing service, health care delivery or public health. These may include, but are not limited to, improved quality of care; new, innovative or cost-effective models of service; increased availability of or improved access to health care; cultivation of a practice environment that empowers nurses or enhances nursing’s impact on care; demonstration of the impact of nursing on the health status of a group or population; or significant advancement of the nursing profession.
The Mary Jane Williams Award for Lifetime Achievement in Nursing recognizes that nurses specialize and also function in multiple arenas that advance the cause of the profession. Deserving candidates may be nominated as a result of a lifetime of contribution in a variety of categories (nursing,administration, political action, contribution to CNA, etc). This award reflects the composite of a lifetime of service and takes into consideration the entire mosaic of significant contributions and evaluates merit based on the sum of the parts. Winners of prior Diamond Jubilee awards, as well as those individuals who have not been prior winners will be eligible for nomination to the Mary Jane Williams award for lifetime achievement.
Recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Awards are selected according to the following procedures: