The Washington State Nurses Association Board of Directors and the Professional Nursing and Health Care Council are seeking outstanding nominees for the 2023 WSNA Recognition Awards. Nominations must be received no later than Feb. 24, 2023.
Awardees will be notified in March 2023. The awards, given every two years, will be presented at the Washington State Nurses Convention on May 18, 2023, in a special awards ceremony.
Nominations must be accompanied by a Recognition Awards Nomination Form and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé.
Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions and rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing profession.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who has advocated for patients/clients or supported greater public understanding of the roles of nursing in advancing health and has held an elected or appointed office in WSNA or in their region, district, or local unit.
Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, FAAN, Associate Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, University of Washington School of Nursing
Presented to an individual who has made outstanding professional contributions to public health or community health nursing.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who demonstrates leadership where decisions are made affecting nursing and health care; is responsive to the diversity, equity, and inclusion of communities and populations; and has contributed to public and/or community health nursing, to the nursing profession, and to the public.
Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Washington School of Nursing.
Established in 1995 in recognition of significant contributions by WSNA leader and former president Joanna Boatman. Presented to an individual who promotes professional development and advancement of the economic and general welfare of nurses.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member of at least one year who has made a significant contribution (at the local or state level) to the advancement of staff nurses and the improvement of the economic and general welfare of nurses and is currently employed as a staff nurse.
Ingrid Anderson, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE, Overlake Medical Center, and Anson Chamblin, MS, RN, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Presented to an individual recognized for outstanding leadership, participation in, and contributions to the purposes of WSNA and ANA.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who has made outstanding leadership contributions to the purposes of WSNA, the regional/district association, and/or ANA and has held elected or appointed office in WSNA, the regional/district association, and/or ANA.
Anita Stull, BSN, RN, UW Medicine-Montlake
Presented to a community or consumer partner who has contributed to promoting health and a positive image of nurses through advocacy and/or improvements in healthcare safety and quality.
The award recipient will be a community or consumer partner who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting the growth and development of the nursing profession and has promoted a better understanding of professional nursing in the community.
Salal Credit Union
Presented to an individual to recognize excellence in practice in the direct care of patients/clients.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who demonstrates an evidence-based contribution or achievement that positively impacts patients and the advancement of nursing practice; and conducts their work through effective collaboration with stakeholders and colleagues.
Susan Worster, BSN, RN, Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse, Providence Visiting Nurses Association Home Health
Presented to an individual to recognize excellence in nursing leadership and management.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who promotes the professional development of nurses and facilitates excellence in clinical practice; demonstrates progressive leadership and management practice; fosters a care environment that promotes creativity and enhances the quality of care for patients/clients and/or communities; and promotes a safe, supportive, and professional working environment.
Chris Birchem, BSW, RN, Local Unit Chair, Overlake Medical Center
Presented to an individual to recognize excellence in nursing education.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who demonstrates excellence in nursing education through evidence-based, innovative, and inspirational methods that incorporate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; promotes the professional education of nursing students and/or nurses; fosters an educational environment that promotes learning and the achievement of outcomes; and promotes enthusiasm for students and nurses to pursue educational advancement.
Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Associate Professor of Geriatric Mental Health, Director of Graduate Education, and Director of the Dementia Palliative Education Network, University of Washington School of Nursing
Presented to an individual to recognize excellence in ethics and human rights.
The award recipient will be a WSNA member who has made major contributions to advancing ethics and human rights in Washington state and has made those contributions through partnership with communities.
David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN, PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing & Health Care Leadership, UW Tacoma
Presented to an individual or a group to recognize excellence in nursing research. (The recipient may be asked to present the research in a poster or presentation at the Washington State Nurses Convention or to write a summary of the work for The Washington Nurse.)
The award recipient will be a WSNA member (or a group that includes at least one WSNA member) who: has conducted research that is relevant to nursing practice and that has direct practice implications; demonstrates sound research methods, including the protection of human subjects; and disseminates relevant research findings through publications, presentations, and/or conferences.
Molly Altman, PhD, CNM, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing
November 17, 2022