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Nominate an outstanding nurse for a 2019 Recognition Award


Do you know a nurse who deserves to be celebrated for her or his exceptional contributions to the profession of nursing? Nominate them for a 2019 Recognition Award!

The WSNA and Professional Nursing and Health Care Council awards recognize WSNA members who have made significant contributions in nursing practice, leadership, education and research. These awards will be presented at a banquet celebration on May 2, 2019 in conjunction with the Washington State Nurses Convention, being held in May 1-3 at the Tulalip Resort.

Nominations must be accompanied with a narrative from the nominator, listing the nominee’s credentials and achievements, and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae/resume.

See the detailed list of criteria for each award and complete the nomination form.


WSNA Award Categories

Honorary Recognition Award

For significant contributions, distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing profession.

The nominee must be a WSNA member who has actively contributed by serving in an elected or appointed office or has been a consumer advocate and/or interpreted the role of nursing to consumers.

2017 Award recipient: Jennifer Graves, RN, MS, Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality Operations, Washington State Hospital Association.

Marguerite Cobb Public Health / Community Health Nurse Award

For outstanding professional contributions to public health or community health, as well as calling these achievements to the attention of members of the profession and/or general public.

The nominee must be a current and active WSNA member or have been a WSNA member during the years of service for which this award is given and must have made a significant contribution and have shown leadership in the field.

2017 Award recipient: David Reyes, MPH, RN, DNP, APHN-BC, Assistant Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma.

Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leadership Award

This award for leadership was established in 1995 in recognition of Joanna Boatman’s significant contributions to the advancement of staff nurses and her achievements in improving the economic and general welfare of nurses in the State of Washington.

The nominee must currently be employed as a staff nurse and must have made a significant contribution (at the local or state level) to the advancement of staff nurses or in the economic and general welfare area of nursing

2017 Award recipient: Judi Lyons, RN, staff nurse, Kittitas Valley Healthcare

ANA Honorary Membership Pin

Presented to a WSNA member or members in recognition of outstanding leadership, as well as participation in and contributions to the purposes of WSNA and ANA.

The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and must have held elected/appointed state, national or district office.

Community Partner Award

Recognizes a community and/or consumer partner who has contributed significantly to promoting health and a positive image of nurses through advocacy, safety and/or quality health care improvement.

The nominee has demonstrated interest in professional nursing by contributing in a concrete way to its growth and development and promoting a better understanding of professional nursing in the community.

2017 Award recipient: Adam Davis, RN, DNP and Mitch Snyder, Division Chief for the FD CARES program


Professional Nursing and Health Care Council Awards

Excellence in Practice Award

Recognizing excellence in practice in the direct care of patients/clients.

The nominee demonstrates an evidence-based contribution or achievement that positively impacts patients and the advancement of nursing practice. The nominee also leads through effective collaboration with stakeholders and colleagues.

2017 Award recipient: Lynn Nelson, MSN, RN, NCSN, Director of Student Support and Health Services, Educational Service District #113

Leadership and Management Award

Recognizing excellence in nursing leadership and management.

The nominee promotes the professional development of nurses and facilitates excellence in clinical practice. With progressive leadership, she or he fosters a care environment that promotes creativity and enhances quality of care in a safe, supportive and professional working environment.

2017 Award recipient: Susan Manfredi, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at UW Medicine Northwest Hospital.

Nurse Educator Award

Recognizing excellence in nursing education.

The nominee demonstrates excellence in nursing education through evidence-based, innovative and inspirational methods that promote learning and enthusiasm.

2017 Award recipient: Lynn Von Schlieder, MN, RN, Director of Nursing Program, Shoreline Community College

Ethics and Human Rights Award

Recognizing excellence in ethics and human rights.

The nominee, through major a contribution or achievement, supports ethical and human rights issues in Washington state through partnership with communities.

2017 Award recipient: Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN, Executive Director, Washington Center for Nursing

Nurse Researcher Award

Recognizing excellence in nursing research that addresses practice issues.

The nominee must have conducted research that has relevance to practice and direct practice implications, using sound research procedures, with findings disseminated through publications, presentations and/or conferences.

2017 Award recipient: Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAANP, Executive Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Nursing.