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2019 Gala: November 8

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Hershey Hotel





Award nominations will be accepted Mar. 4 through May 30, 2019.

On October 21, 1990, the first Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania were presented for excellence in nursing. To date, more than 180 extraordinary nursing professionals in the areas of clinical patient care, nursing education, nursing research, and nursing administration have been recipients of Nightingale honors.

Award Categories

Each award recognizes exceptional nurses in the areas of:

  • Clinical Practice LPN
  • Clinical Practice RN
  • Clinical Advanced Practice RN 
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Nursing Administration - Executive (CEO, CNO or Director Level)
  • Nursing Administration - Leader/Manager
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Education - Academia
  • Nursing Education - Staff Development
  • Community Nursing - RN or LPN
  • Patient Choice Award
  • Patient Choice Award - Long Term Care

With so many more specialized nurses holding diverse and innovative roles and positions in the nursing profession, today's nurses are transforming healthcare. Please select the category that best describes your nominee's contributions and achievements to their organization and/or patient population served. Nurses can be nominated in only one category. 

Scroll down for the descriptions of these award categories.

Submitting a Nomination

Submit your nomination online Mar. 4-May 30.

What you'll need to do:

  • Pick a category for which to nominate your nurse (see listing to the left). Each nurse may only be nominated into ONE category. 
  • Submit contact information for the nominee, nominator and CNO.
  • Provide information about the nominee's education, certifications, community involvement, honors/awards, professional memberships, etc.
  • Answer the required questions about the nominee's excellence in nursing.
  • Obtain signatures from the following people: nominator, nominee, and the CNO, Director or CEO. This completed "signatures" file will be uploaded into the submission system.   

Anyone may nominate a nurse for one of the awards.

The awards are based on the demonstration of excellence in several areas, including how each nurse significantly influences the quality of patient care, creates a collaborative environment for the practice of nursing, models caring and compassion, and contributes to healing and health in the community.     

Spread the Word!

Download our Awards Poster and Patient Choice Award Poster to advertise the Nightingale Awards of PA's call for award nominations.
Email it, pass it out, or hang it on the wall at your institution!

Award Descriptions

Clinical Practice

This award is given to a licensed practical nurse, registered professional nurse and an advanced practice registered nurse. Nurses nominated for this award are recognized for providing outstanding quality of patient care, superior nursing clinical skills, and extraordinary compassion. Exceptional communication skills enhance their contribution to the health needs of the community while advancing the profession.

Awards to apply for are:

  • Clinical Practice LPN
  • Clinical Advanced Practice RN
    • Nurse Midwives
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Certified Nurse Anesthetists
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Masters prepared nurses working in an advanced practice setting
  • Clinical Practice RN
  • Community Nursing RN or LPN
    • Non-acute care, i.e. hospice/home care, parish nurse, school nurse   

Nursing Administration

Nurse administrators nominated for this award are recognized for creating and sustaining supportive environments for the practice of nursing in challenging and diverse arenas. The nominees for this award initiate positive recruitment and retention strategies and support a model of professional practice in their organization through their leadership, innovation, mentoring and knowledge of the health care needs of their communities. 

Nursing Administration - Leader/Manager
The emphasis is on a clinical practice leader/manager. An individual who influences the quality of patient care with a focus on infrastructure support and positive clinical outcomes. 

Nursing Administration - Executive (CEO, CNO or Director Level)
The emphasis is on an upper level of nursing leadership and management. An individual who demonstrates visionary leadership, implements innovations, and promotes effective financial stewardship of operational human resources.  

Research and Evidence-Based Practice Nursing

Nursing Research

Research is the foundation of current nursing practice and the basis for future nursing practice. Nominees for this award are committed to excellence in nursing practice through research. These nurse researchers receive grants and publish findings that enhance nursing practice, patient care, education, and science in the academic and clinical practice settings.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Curricula within the DNP framework, builds on traditional graduate programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas. Nominees for this award exhibit healthcare improvements and contributions via practice and clinical scholarship; demonstrate noteworthy involvement or influence in healthcare policy and advocacy; contribute to interprofessional collaboration and improve patient and/or population health; and significantly contribute to the advancement of nursing practice. 

Nursing Education
The search for knowledge holds the promise for the future. Nurse educators nominated for this award demonstrate the ability to inspire nursing students and practicing nurses. They creatively stimulate students and colleagues to pursue knowledge and skills needed to practice nursing compassionately and effectively. 

Nursing Education - Academia
The emphasis is on scholarly research and dissemination of research through education.  An individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment.  

Nursing Education - Staff Development
The emphasis is on promoting evidence-based practices within a clinical setting.  An individual who strives for clinical practice excellence and shares knowledge with others.  

The Patient's Choice...

In 1999, to further recognize exceptional nurses caring for patients, the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania added another accolade, The Patient Choice Award. In the Spring of that year, a press release was issued asking patients to write a letter describing a nurse who has touched their lives or the lives of their families in an unforgettable way. One nurse was chosen from the many letters which were received.

Nominate a Special Nurse:

Write a letter, with no more than 500 words, and tell us about your beloved nurse. If your letter is selected, you'll win a trip to Harrisburg to honor this special nurse at the Nightingale Gala. Your nurse will receive an acknowledgment never to be forgotten!

Tell us the name of your special nurse, her/his employer, your name, address, and phone number and submit your nomination online (preferred). Note: link to nominate will be posted on March 4, 2019.

You also have the option to mail your nomination to: Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, 2400 Ardmore Boulevard, Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.

Please note that you are not permitted to nominate yourself or a member of your family. Only nominate ONE nurse within each submission, not a nursing unit or group of nurses.

Nominations accepted Mar. 4-May 30, 2019.