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Call for Nominations: 2020 ANCC Certified Nurse Awards

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) wants to recognize individual ANCC certified nurses for their significant contributions to their field of practice. The Certified Nurse Awards program showcases certified nurses in various specialties who have made impactful and valuable contributions to the nursing profession and the field of health care. Each year, ANCC grants the Certified Nurse Awards to these outstanding nurses who exemplify the true value of continuing professional development through certification.

Online nomination submissions must be received by ANCC on or before November 17, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Nomination Guidelines

Who may nominate

The following individuals may submit a nomination for an ANCC certified nurse:

  • Administrators, nursing directors, supervisors, etc.
  • Physicians, interprofessional colleagues
  • ANCC board-certified nurses
  • Members of American Nurses Association (ANA) or any of its constituent or state nurses associations
  • Volunteers of ANCC, ANA, and American Nurses Foundation
  • Patients

Exclusions

The following individuals may NOT submit a nomination:

  • Sitting members of the ANCC Board of Directors
  • ANA/ANCC employees or the Nominations/Awards Committee
  • Self-nominations

Criteria for nomination

  • The nominated nurse must be someone who has made significant contributions in professional practice, education, research or service.
  • Nominees must hold active ANCC certifications to be eligible.
  • Nominations will be judged for innovation, collaboration, leadership, and professional risk taking, and patient-centered care. 

Submission Guidelines

How to submit

  • Select the ANCC certification specialty you want to nominate the nurse for.
    • Should your nominee be selected, they will be recognized as the awardee of the 2020 ANCC Certified Nurses award for their certification specialty.
    • The nominee must hold an active ANCC certification for the specialty they are being nominated for. If you are unsure which certification the potential nominee holds, confirm the certification name with them.
  • Type in responses to the best of your ability that highlights the nurse’s skills and contributions to their field of practice.
  • Be sure to save your draft before exiting the online nomination form.
  • Once complete, submit nomination.

Have you already started the nomination form?

  • If you have already submitted or saved a draft nomination, click here to review/submit.
  • If your nomination is saved in draft form, you can continue to make edits until you have submitted the nomination.
  • Once you have submitted your nomination, you will not longer be able to edit the form.

Best Practices To Fill Out The Nomination Form

Avoid losing your work

In order to avoid the online form timing out prior to submission, it is strongly recommended that you write the responses on a word document and copy and paste these responses onto the online form.

Prepare your responses now prior to starting the nomination form.

All nomination forms will require the same topics for responses, such as Experience and Qualifications of nominee regardless of which certification specialty they are being nominated for. Prepare your responses at this time:

  • Experience

Brief description of nominee's duties for current job/position. This area must include:

      • Organization/Employer
      • Position/Title
      • Start Date/End Date of Employment

Brief description of nominee's duties for previous job/position. This area must include:

      • Organization/Employer
      • Position/Title
      • Start Date/End Date of Employment

Brief description of nominee's duties for other past job/position. This area must include:

      • Organization/Employer
      • Position/Title
      • Start Date/End Date of Employment
  • Qualifications
    1. Innovation: Provide brief examples of how the nominee exemplifies innovation and made significant contributions in the field of health care in areas of professional practice, education, nursing research, or service in 2000 characters or less.
    2. Collaboration: Provide brief examples of how the nominee exemplifies collaboration and made significant contributions in the field of health care in areas of professional practice, education, nursing research, or service in 2000 characters or less.
    3. Leadership and Professional Risk Taking: Provide brief examples of how the nominee exemplifies leadership and professional risk taking and made significant contributions in the field of health care in areas of professional practice, education, nursing research, or service in 2000 characters or less.
    4. Patient Centered Care: Provide brief examples of how the nominee exemplifies patient centered care and made significant contributions in the field of health care in areas of professional practice, education, nursing research, or service in 2000 characters or less. 
  • Definitions

Innovation: the deliberate application of information, imagination, and initiative in deriving greater or different values from resources, and includes all processes by which new ideas are generated and converted into improved outcomes or best practices. The actions required to create new ideas, or processes which when implemented lead to positive and effective change.

Collaboration: a complex process that requires intentional knowledge sharing and joint responsibility for patient care. The collaborative process involves a synthesis of different perspectives to understand complex problems. The collaborative outcome is the development of integrative solutions that go beyond an individual’s vision to a productive resolution that could not be accomplished by any single person or organization.

Leadership/Professional Risk-Taking: a vision of the future, the changes it requires and inspires people to commit to delivering it. Professional risk taking is a major component of leadership. It sets the exceptional professional apart from the average.  It is taking risks that force one out of their comfort zones on the job- risks that will stimulate one to stretch themselves, to become more competent, to gain skills that one may not have, to expand one’s abilities and assist one in becoming more effective and efficient.

Patient Centered Care: health care that establishes a partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families (when appropriate) to ensure that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.  Patient-centered care is also one of the overreaching goals of health advocacy, in addition to safer medical systems, and greater patient involvement in healthcare delivery and design.

 

Certified Nurse Award Categories

Listed below are the hyperlinks for the Certified Nurse Award categories:

Important Deadlines

All nomination submissions must be made by completing the nomination form online. Online nomination submissions must be received by ANCC on or before November 17, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The Nomination Awards Committee will review and score all eligible nomination submissions. Nominees may be contacted between late January to early February for additional information.  Official award winners will be announced in conjunction with Certified Nurses Day March 19, 2020 on the on ANCC Certified Nurse Awards page along with the following social media platforms:

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For more information, please visit individual award page or contact 1.800.284-2378 or nominatecertifiedrn@ana.org.

Sincerely,  ANCC Certification Outreach Team

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