Nominate an outstanding nurse for a 2021 recognition award

This story was published in the Fall 2020 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.

Recognition web

Do you know a nurse who deserves to be celebrated for his/​her/​their exceptional contributions to the profession of nursing? #

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 during the Washington State Nurses Conven­tion, being held virtu­ally April 28 – 29, 2021.

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/​resumé.

The deadline to submit nomina­tions is Sunday, Feb. 28.

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.

2019 Award recip­ient: Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN, Execu­tive Dean of the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing

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.

2019 Award recip­i­ents: Dorene Hersh, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing and director of the North­west Center for Public Health Practice in the School of Public Health

Annie Bruck, DNP, MN, RN, COHN‑S, occupa­tional-environ­mental health nursing leader and Senior Lecturer and Director of Behav­ioral Health: School District Program at Univer­sity of Washington Bothell.

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 Washington state.

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.

2019 Award recip­ient: Edna Cortez, RN, local unit chair at Seattle Children’s Hospital

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.

2019 Award recip­ient: Jan Bussert, BSN, RN, former presi­dent of Washington State Nurses Association

Community Partner Award #

Recog­nizes a commu­nity and/​or consumer partner who has signif­i­cantly contributed 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.

2019 Award recip­ient: Jeff Johnson, former presi­dent of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

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.

2019 Award recip­i­ents: Bob Smithing, MSN, ARNP, FAANP and Maddy Wiley, MSN, ARNP, FAANP, providers and owners of Family Care of Kent

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, this nurse fosters a care environ­ment that promotes creativity and enhances quality of care in a safe, supportive and profes­sional working environment.

2019 Award recip­ient: Sarah Bear, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, Nursing Program Academic Admin­is­trator at Western Washington University

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.

2019 Award recip­ient: Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing and Director of Research, Training and Faculty Devel­op­ment, UW Center for Health Sciences Inter­pro­fes­sional Educa­tion, Research, and Practice

Ethics and Human Rights Award #

Recog­nizing excel­lence in ethics and human rights

The nominee, through major contri­bu­tions or achieve­ments, supports ethical and human rights issues in Washington state through partner­ships with communities.

2019 Award recip­ient: Antwinett Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, Interim Dean of Under­grad­uate Nursing and Assis­tant Professor of Nursing at the Seattle Pacific Univer­sity of Health Sciences

Nurse Researcher Award #

Recog­nizing excel­lence in nursing research that addresses practice issues

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

2019 Award recip­ient: Eliza­beth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, professor in the Biobe­hav­ioral Nursing and Health Infor­matics Depart­ment at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing