AWARDS

Connecticut Nurses' Association's Awards Program has been developed and revised over many years to celebrate accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to nursing, health care policy, media presentations of nurses and nursing and to the association.

Award Winners Hall of Fame


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Deadline for Nomination June 30th



Diamond Jubilee Awards

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.

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.

Criteria:

  1. Recognized leadership in nursing education on a state, regional, and/or national level.
  2. Recognized expertise or authority in nursing specialty/field.
  3. Contributions to nursing’s knowledge base through publications.
  4. Contributions to nursing’s scientific knowledge base through research in an academic or service setting.
  5. Continued record of noteworthy accomplishments in their field.
  6. Creation of an atmosphere among students, faculty, and/or professional colleagues that fosters and inspires scholarship.
  7. Creation of an atmosphere among students that instills an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

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.

Criteria:

  1. Significant contributions to the development of theory in nursing or health care specialty.
  2. Contributions to the field’s scientific base through publications.
  3. Recognized authority and expertise in area of research.
  4. Recognized leadership in research on a state, regional or national level.
  5. Creation of an atmosphere among colleagues and/or faculty and students that foster and inspires scholarship and research.

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.

Criteria:

  1. Recognized service to CNA "above and beyond the call of duty."
  2. Contributions are innovative and of significance to the growth and visibility of CNA.
  3. Promotion of a positive, professional image of nursing both within the organization and to the public.

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.

Criteria:

  1. History of advocacy for the public good and/or the nursing profession on health care issues that can best be resolved through the political process.
  2. Recognized authority on influencing the course of the nursing profession and/or health care through the political process.
  3. Local, state and/or national recognition for contributions attained through the political process.
  4. Influence and/or provides a role model for health care consumers, nurses, students, or others to become involved in the political process.

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.

Criteria:

  1. Record of significant contributions to nursing practice or health care delivery to a specific patient/consumer population(s).
  2. Achievements reflect a high level of professional expertise and ability to collaborate with others in the health care field.
  3. Continued record of noteworthy accomplishments in the field.
  4. Recognized authority/expertise in nursing specialty/field on a state, regional, or national level.
  5. Active participation and demonstrated leadership in professional organization(s).

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.

Criteria:

  1. Demonstration of outstanding leadership in one or more areas described above.
  2. Recognized leadership in nursing service, health care delivery or public health on a state, regional or national level.
  3. Recognized expertise in nursing specialty or related field through publications and participation in research.
  4. Achievements reflect a high level of professional expertise and ability to collaborate with others.
  5. Leadership fosters the advancement of nursing service and 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.

Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated significant contribution to the nursing profession ---on a state-wide, regional and/or national level
  2. Documented excellence, supported by objective evidence as well as professional acknowledgement by peers and/or colleagues
  3. Documented significant contribution (advancing the profession, creating a new entity, building diverse constituencies, etc) to the broadest definition of the nursing profession in at least 2 major categories over an entire career
  4. Submission of packet of documents for review by the designated committee of the Connecticut Nurses’ Association.

Connecticut Nurses Association Awards

Excellence in the Workplace Award recognizes a work or practice setting where nurses are employed and that promotes professional autonomy, control over nursing practice, and/or an enhanced work environment for nurses. Recipients of the Excellence in the Workplace Award may serve as models to other work settings and may be replicable in other departments in an organization or to other institutions.

Eligibility: Any work setting in Connecticut – an institution, agency, organization, department, unit, program or project -- where registered nurses are employed; that meets selection criteria; and that has resulted in positive outcomes for patient care and nursing practice.

Criteria:

  1. The work setting promotes professional autonomy, control over nursing practice and/or an enhanced work environment for nurses. The work setting may serve as a model to other institutions and may be replicable to other departments in the organization or to other institutions. The work setting supports/advances professional nursing practice in the workplace. The work setting addresses today's challenges/opportunities facing nurses in the workplace. The work setting shows evidence of creativity and innovation. The work setting shows evidence of positive outcomes on the nurses and/or patients in the organization..

Media Award is given annually to representatives of the print and/or electronic media who has made notable contributions to the advancement of nursing in Connecticut. Media Awards recognize both the public media and nursing media that includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: Print (published materials) Electronic (TV, radio, video, audio) Photography (published, displayed, printed, on video or on slides) Art (published, displayed, printed, on video or on slides)

Eligibility: Nursing media – All nurses, nursing organizations, institutions, or other groups that produce and issue information for nurses and the nursing profession. Or, Public media – Information on nursing issued through media channels of communication that service the public

Criteria:

  1. Portrayal of a positive image of nursing. Subject matter presented in a clear, creative, and effective manner. Treatment of subject matter as it relates to nursing excellence, overall impact, effectiveness, clarity, imagination, and creativity. Focus is on the role of professional nursing, rather than just the personal role of an individual nurse Quality of the production, including the ability to gain and retain an audience, and the length, thoroughness and accuracy of the story Furtherance of the goals of the CNA and a heightened public awareness of nursing’s societal contributions.

Public Service Award is given to an individual or group who has made notable contributions to the advancement of nursing, public health or health care in Connecticut through public service, public education/advocacy, public policy or organizational leadership. Criteria Serves at the local, regional, state or national level. Established record of public service, public advocacy, public policy or organizational leadership for the public good in Connecticut. Notable contributions to the advancement of nursing, public health or health care in Connecticut.

Criteria:

  1. Serves at the local, regional, state or national level. Established record of public service, public advocacy, public policy or organizational leadership for the public good in Connecticut. Notable contributions to the advancement of nursing, public health or health care in Connecticut.

The President’s Award is awarded periodically at the discretion of the president of CNA in recognition of achievements of significance to the profession or special service to or on behalf of CNA or of the nursing profession.

Criteria:

  1. Achievement of significance to the profession, special service to or on behalf of CNA or of the nursing profession that do not fit into criteria of other CNA awards. Award does not have to be given every year Members of the CNA/CNF board, executive director, or committees may suggest candidates to the President. May be given to an individual, group or organization May be nurse or non-nurse; a member of the general public May be given posthumously. More than one award may be given in a calendar year. Award may be given at any time depending on special events.


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Deadline for Nomination June 30th