National Award Categories

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Awards for Distinguished Practice in Nursing
To recognize excellence in the practice, science, and art of nursing and outstanding professional contributions of an ANA member in the areas of clinical care, direct patient care, or public health. 

Awards for Diversity in Nursing
To recognize significant contributions by an individual nurse or a group of nurses to enhanced integration/inclusion within the nursing profession.

  • Luther Christman Award, to recognize the contributions that an individual male registered nurse has made to the profession of nursing
  • Mary Mahoney Award, for significant contributions to opening and advancing equal opportunities in nursing to members of minority groups

Awards for Nurse Exemplars
To promote and underscore ANA's continuing dedication to the principles of nursing ethics and the highest standards of nursing practice.

  • ANA Hall of Fame, to recognize the lifelong commitment of individual nurses to the profession of nursing and their impact on the health and/or social history of the United States
  • Honorary Recognition Award, for distinguished national or international service to the nursing profession

Awards for Nurse Leadership
To recognize excellence in the areas of national nursing leadership, academic leadership (nurse education/research), community leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.


Awards for Nursing Champions
To recognize outstanding accomplishments in the area of advocacy of the profession of nursing and of the ANA.

  • Barbara Thoman Curtis Award, for significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity
  • Honorary Human Rights Award, for outstanding commitment to human rights and exemplifying the essence of nursing's philosophy about humanity
  • Shirley Titus Award, for outstanding contributions to the ANA economic and general welfare program