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Year of the Nurse Awards

Year of the Nurse Awards

These awards are an extension of our annual VNF Leadership Excellence awards, which were created to honor outstanding nurses throughout the commonwealth who have made exceptional contributions to the nursing profession.

During 2020 - the Year of the Nurse - nurses have been essential to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in so many ways. They have not only been on the frontline of providing care to the sick, but also working to keep their communities and patients safe, and providing support with innovative ideas and compassion.

Our 2020 Year of the Nurse Awards will focus on recognizing the contributions of 20 registered nurses from throughout Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic. All nurses are eligible for nomination.

Nurses who have made a difference during this unprecedented time can be nominated by their peers or a community for a variety of reasons. We are looking for morale boosters, well-being ambassadors, nursing innovators, community contributors, and frontline heroes, just to name a few.

Award Criteria
Year of the Nurse Awards are based on the premise that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nominee enhanced the image of professional nursing and rose to the unprecedented challenges facing the nursing profession with compassion and respect.

To be eligible, in addition to any criteria listed in the category descriptions, the nominee must:

  1. Be licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  2. Be employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  3. Nominees do not have to be frontline care providers. We welcome nominations of exceptional nurses who have provided care and compassion across all areas of practice and specialities, and in all practice settings. 

Nomination Instructions
Nominations are invited from nurses and friends of nursing across the Commonwealth of Virginia. All nominations MUST BE submitted via our online portal and should include the following:

  • Completed online form
  • Supporting narrative that addresses criteria (500 word maximum)
  • One letter of support (Should be written by someone other than person submitting narrative)
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume

Nominations Deadline
The nomination period opens on July 13 and closes on September 30 at 11:59 pm. Finalists will be notified by the end of September.

Awards Selection and Presentation
The VNF Leadership Awards selection committee will conduct a review of all nominations received. Award winners will receive a special “gala in a box” to celebrate at home, and families, colleagues, and press will be invited to a Virtual Gala on December 5 at 7 pm, where we will share short video stories of each winner.

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