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|Leadership Excellence Awards|
Virginia’s nursing ranks are filled with leaders. From nurse faculty, nurse entrepreneurs, and acute care nurses, to CNOs and school nurses, our leaders are all ages, cultures, experience levels and disciplines. As we prepare to celebrate nursing at our Annual Gala, we are eager to recognize outstanding nurse leaders from throughout the Commonwealth.
Nominees are not required to be members of VNA.
Award Categories | Award Criteria | Nomination Instructions | Deadline | Award Selection & Presentation | Nomination Form
Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Safety
Recognizes frontline nurse leaders with an exceptional commitment to patient safety. Nominees will demonstrate an impact on patient safety through attention to detail, a questioning attitude, and the courage to speak up and advocate.
Direct Patient Care Leader - Patient Experience
Recognizes frontline nurse leaders that demonstrates a commitment to serving patients with excellence. Nominees will demonstrate an impact on the patient experience through compassionate care, effective communication, and an attitude focused on exceeding expectations.
Nurse Manager/DirectorNurse Educator
Recognizes nurse leaders serving in a management role that demonstrate excellent management skills, advocacy and action to improve the patient care environment. Nominees should hold a minimum of a BSN and should be presently employed in the field of nursing administration.
Chief Nursing Officer
Recognizes nurse leaders serving in an administrative capacity that demonstrate advocacy, vision, and collaboration to improve patient care and the nursing workplace. Nominees should hold a minimum of a BSN and should be presently employed in as a chief nursing officer in a hospital.
Nursing School Dean/DirectorRecognizes nurse leaders serving in an educational administrative capacity that demonstrate advocacy, vision, and collaboration to improve patient care and the nursing workplace. Nominees should presently be employed as a dean or director of state-approved and nationally-accredited school of nursing.
This award recognizes nurses for their commitment to the advancement of nursing knowledge. Nominees should presently be employed in a nurse educator position and hold a master’s or doctoral degree.
Recognizes nurses for significant research activities that positively affect nursing practice. Nominees should hold a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing and demonstrate recent involvement in research endeavors related to nursing.
Recognizes a nurse who has made a significant impact on the care of patients and the discipline of nursing by successfully integrating nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies.
Leadership Excellence Awards are based on the premise that a nurse leader enhances the self-image of professional nursing, has a positive value orientation and promotes the professional development of self and others as evidenced by maintaining competence in nursing and responding to challenges with innovative approaches.
To be eligible, in addition to any criteria listed in the category descriptions, the nominee must:
All nominations must be submitted online via the individual portals linked under each category. Paper nominations will not be accepted.