DEADLINE: AUGUST 1ST!
The March of Dimes is honored to recognize extraordinary providers throughout our community. The remarkable efforts of these individuals often go unsung and through Heroes in Action, we are able to honor those who make a difference in the lives of so many.
PLEASE NOTE: Some categories require a nursing degree. Please read the category descriptions carefully!
To nominate an individual, please use the form below. Please note you do NOT need to pick a category in order to nominate an individual. They will select their own categories when they fill out the application. We encourage nominations to be 500 words or less, describing why this individual deserves the nomination and/or how they contribute to the Minnesota community.
After the nomination is submitted, the nomination will be reviewed and then 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 17th if they are selected as a finalist.
CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS
DIVERSITY AND ADVOCACY
Nurse who demonstrates excellence within their specialty while exemplifying commitment to advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion and advocates for the promotion of diversity within the field of 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.
EXCELLENCE IN MCH
Recognizes an administrator or physician who demonstrates excellence, compassion and dedication in embodying the mission and vision of March of Dimes by promoting healthy moms and strong babies. The recipient is an effective leader serving the clinical community and/or general community fighting effectively and passionately to advance the health of all moms and babies.
HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY PARTNER
Recognizes a technology partner (or vendor) within a hospital setting or in the MCH Field (ex: Medical Device Equipment).
FRIEND TO NURSING
No nursing degree required, but allowable for those working in non-direct care roles. Works closely with nurses to complement direct nursing care, which could include, but is not limited to: pharmacy, IT, vendors, janitorial, Nurse Assistants, patient services, infection control and occupational health.
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.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Population based care such as school nurses, occupational nurse, prison nurse, public health nurse and community health nurse.
Nurses in their first two years of practice who exemplify outstanding patient care, leadership and professionalism.
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.
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.