National Awards Program
Through the National Awards Program, the American Nurses Association identifies those who exemplify the very best in the profession of nursing; honors their contributions to the nursing profession and the field of health care; and recognizes the positive difference that they have made in the lives of their colleagues, patients, families, as well as the communities in which they live.
A primary goal of ANA’s National Awards Program is to promote the outstanding accomplishments and significant achievements of individual registered nurses in the delivery of health care to those in the nursing profession as well as to other health professionals, government officials, and the general public.
The 2017 Call for Nominations for Awards closed on October 2, 2017. Award recipients will be recognized at the annual meeting of ANA’s Membership Assembly, which will be held June 22-23, 2018 in Washington, DC. The next Call for Nominations for Awards will open in the fall of 2019. Please review the National Awards Program Guide for information on the submission and review of award nominations.
Each of ANA’s 14 National Awards addresses a unique area. Please see the National Award Categories for a detailed description of each award as well as the award’s unique criteria.
For questions regarding ANA's National Awards Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Award Categories
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.
- Hildegard Peplau Award, for significant contributions in the field of psychiatric nursing
- Honorary Nursing Practice Award, for significant contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through outstanding direct patient care
- Pearl McIver Public Health Nurse Award, for significant contributions to public health nursing
- Staff Nurse Patient Advocacy Award, for excellence in patient advocacy for staff nurses providing patient care
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, for contributions made by an individual male registered nurse to the profession of nursing
- Mary Mahoney Award, for significant contributions to increasing diversity and inclusion within the profession of nursing
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, for 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.
- Distinguished Membership Award, for outstanding leadership and contributions to the mission of the American Nurses Association
- Jessie M. Scott Award, for outstanding accomplishments that demonstrate the interdependent relationships among nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research
- Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award, for significant contributions to the professional advancement of staff nurses
Awards for Nursing Champions
To recognize outstanding accomplishments in the area of advocacy for the profession of nursing and for 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 that have empowered frontline nurses and effected positive change in the work environment
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