The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession and recognize extraordinary nurses throughout our community. The remarkable efforts of these individuals often go unsung and through Nurse of the Year, we are able to honor those who make a difference in the lives of so many.
To nominate a nurse, please use the form below. After the nomination is submitted, your nominee will receive a congratulatory phone call or email, a copy of your nomination and an application to become a finalist.
To be included in the winner selection process, your nominee must complete the application form. A Selection Committee, comprised of healthcare professionals from around the state, will carefully review all applications, which will be blinded for anonymity. Applicants will be notified by September 4th if they are selected as a finalist.
CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS
Nurses who practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife or Nurse Practitioner.
Nurses in a role helping to coordinate care along a continuum; such as one who performs clinical assessments and/or advocates for appropriate patient admissions to specialty units/programs. Ambulatory, home health, case management, palliative and hospice care are all included.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Nurses who practice in public health, schools, home health care, community outreach clinics, parish and/or prison nursing.
EDUCATION & RESEARCH
Nurses who have made significant contributions in education or the professional development of nursing professionals and/or nursing research. Including, but not limited to, clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, instructors, nurse researchers or professors.
INNOVATIVE AND NON-TRADITIONAL NURSING
Nurses who practice in non-traditional settings such as: informatics, holistic/integrative healing, quality improvement, legal nurse consultants, entrepreneurial nursing and global/humanitarian nursing.
Nurses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in nursing and/or patient care.
Nurses who practice in the areas of mental health, including: behavioral health and chemical dependency.
Nurses specializing in the care of neonates, working in newborn nursery, Level II and the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).
Nurses who care for and educate patients who have cancer. Includes nurses who work in the community, provide inpatient & outpatient care and cancer hospice care.
Nurses specializing in the care of children working in PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), general pediatric units, pediatric clinics and pediatric rehabilitation.
Nurses in their first two years of practice who exemplify outstanding patient care, leadership and professionalism.
Nurses who practice and serve in communities and rural settings where there is limited health care access and have populations of less than 40,000 people. Including, but not limited to, clinics and critical access hospitals.
STAFF NURSE – CRITICAL CARE
Nurses who practice in critical care areas such as: perioperative, special procedure labs, emergency rooms, ICUs (Intensive Care Units), trauma, transport and interventional radiology.
STAFF NURSE – GENERAL CARE
Nurses who practice in general care areas such as: outpatient clinic settings, medical and/or surgical patient care areas, and rehabilitation nursing. Includes any specialty nursing care unit outside of critical care areas.
Nursing students who are not currently licensed, who are in the final 6-8 months of their respective nursing program and demonstrate strong leadership, knowledge, skills and attitudes among peers, in academics, the university or college, and the community.
Nurses who practice in obstetric clinics, gynecology, antepartum hospital units, labor and delivery or post-partum.
DISTINGUISHED NURSE OF THE YEAR
An outstanding nurse whose practice, over the past 10 years, demonstrates significant contributions to nursing through professional, community and personal achievements.