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					                                                                     NCNA Nurse of the Year (2010) Page 1
North Carolina Nurses Association
NCNA Awards: Nurse of the Year (2010)
Nomination Packet

                              Nomination Packet for NOY
       Thank you for requesting a nomination packet for the 2010 NCNA Awards: Nurse of the Year.
Once again, we are accepting nominations of NCNA members in five award categories: administration,
education, health systems, practice and research. Nominees should be recommended in the category
where they spend the majority of their practice time.

       Members of the Awards Committee and past Nurse of the Year recipients are willing to work with
nominees in completing the packet. For those nominees whose practice area crosses two award
categories, the committee will also be able to provide advice on which category to enter. If you need
assistance, call Kristen Feneley at NCNA (1-800-626-2153, ext 12) to be connected with a committee
member.

Nomination Process:

   1. The Nurse of the Year Nomination/data form (page 2 and 3) may be completed by the nominee or
      the nominator. A CV is not a part of the completed nomination packet, but might be useful to the
      nominator in completing this part. Only the statistical information from the first page of the
      nomination form is provided to the review committee.

   2. Using the Summary Page (there is one for each category), provide highlights of nominee=s
      accomplishments in a one page summary (Summary Pages begin on page 4). Since eachaward
      category has slightly different criteria, we are asking the person making the nomination, or the
      nominee in the case of self-nomination, to provide this one page summary of the nominee=s
      accomplishments based on the criteria for that particular award. Because the review committee
      uses a blinded evaluation process, this one page summary should not mention the nominee by
      name. A sample of a completed Summary Page is on page 10 for you to review.

   3. Each nominee can have/may submit up to two additional letters of support. Two samples of a
      Nomination Letter are on page 9 for you to review.

   4. Deadline for receipt of completed nomination packet is June 1, 2010. All requested materials
      should be included in packet.

   5. Award winners will be notified by August 2010 and will be honored at the 2010 NCNA
      Convention.

Note: It would be helpful if you let NCNA (kristenfeneley@ncnurses.org) know who you are planning to
nominate so that we can track his/her application.

Send Completed NCNA Awards: Nurse of the Year Packet By June 1, 2010

Mail: NCNA, PO Box 12025, Raleigh, NC 27605-2025      OR   Fax: 919.829.5807
Email this document as an attachment to: kristenfeneley@ncnurses.org
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NCNA Awards: Nurse of the Year (2010) Nomination/Data Form
(Includes Pages 2 and 3)
(Please Type)

Nominee                                                              Phone (H)           -   -              (W)       -           -   _
  .

Home Address                                                                     E-mail
   .

City                                                Zip                              NCNA District/Region
    .

Employer                                                        Current Title/Position
   .

Employer’s Address                                                                                    Zip
   .
NCNA Membership Number                           RN License Number                            Years in Nursing                        .

Nominee’s Signature                                                         Date                               .


Nominee’s Practice Category (assign % of time in each):

        % Administration          % Education             % Health Systems               % Practice                % Research

Education: Undergraduate Degree (s):

Diploma/Year                    ADN/Year               BSN/Year                    BS in other field/Year                 .

Education: Graduate Degree(s):

MSN/Year                          MS in other field/Year                     Doctorate in Nursing/Year                    .

Doctorate in other field/Year                      Other                                                Year                  .




Nominee’s involvement during the past five years in the following:



Professional nursing activities (memberships, offices, committees, etc.):
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Work related activities (committees, task forces, etc.):




Community involvement (church, civic associations, health care related organizations, etc.):




Honors and Awards:




Certification (from ANCC or other specialty organization):




                                                     Nominee’s Name                                                  .
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                          Nurse of the Year Summary Page - Administration

Provide a one-page summary of nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
     Uses innovative and creative management strategies
     Demonstrates excellence in leadership
     Serves as a role model
     Has positive impact on work setting
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                             Nurse of the Year Summary Page - Education

Provide a one-page summary of nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
     Uses innovative and creative teaching strategies
     Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of subject area
     Serves as a role model
     Has positive impact on students/staff/patients
                                                                              NCNA Nurse of the Year (2010) Page 6




                         Nurse of the Year Summary Page – Health Systems

Provide a one-page summary of nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
     Uses innovative and creative in area of practice
     Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of area of practice
     Serves as a role model
     Has positive impact on area of practice
                                                                              NCNA Nurse of the Year (2010) Page 7




                              Nurse of the Year Summary Page - Practice

Provide a one-page summary of nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
     Provides innovative and creative nursing care
     Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of practice area
     Serves as a role model
     Has positive impact on patients/peers/work setting
                                                                              NCNA Nurse of the Year (2010) Page 8




                             Nurse of the Year Summary Page - Research

Provide a one-page summary of nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
     Demonstrates excellent research capabilities
     Establishes relevance of the research to the nursing profession
     Serves as a role model
     Demonstrates positive research impact
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                                           SAMPLE Nomination Letters



Sample 1

To the NCNA Awards Committee,

It is with great pleasure that I recommend XXXXX for NCNA Nurse of the Year – Health Systems. I have known XXXXX for
approximately four years in a professional capacity as a coworker and as her department head. She has excelled in the role
of case manager serving the HIV/Aids population and most recently serving the uninsured. In my 21 years as a nurse, I have
not encountered a more intense patient advocate. XXXXX consistently keeps the patient in the foreground as she develops
program goals and objectives. Her insight into populations of patients (whether disease specific or socio-economic in nature)
is remarkable. She takes the time to understand cohorts of patients and strives to create systems that improve care.

XXXXX was instrumental in implementing a community-based case management program for uninsured residents of XXXXX
County. By utilizing principles of population health and disease management, XXXXX was successful in recruiting and
enrolling uninsured patients into case management. As a case manager, XXXXX assi sted patients in navigating the health
system, including accessing primary and specialty medical services and prescription medications. Through education and
follow up through home visits, patients learned self-management skills for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart
disease. While focusing on health issues, this program also addresses socio-economic factors that ultimately influence
health.

It is without hesitation that I recommend XXXXX for this honor. She exemplifies how individuals can contribute to the
development of a seamless care delivery system for all patients.

Sincerely,

XXXXXXXXXXXX
Administrator



Sample 2

Dear Awards Committee:

This letter is written in support of XXXXX’s nomination for the NCNA Nurse Administrator of the Year. XXXXX demonstrates
her dedication and contribution to nursing through her leadership as XXXXXXXXXXXXXX of the XXXXXXXXXXXXXX School of
Nursing. XXXXX has been an active leader in NLD, NCNA, CCNE and other professional organizations. XXXXX is a dedicated
nursing educator who encourages all faculty members to adhere to the highest education standards possible. She continues
to guide us through accreditation visits and keeps the school and all faculty members abreast of all educational changes
and standards.

XXXXX is a well-respected faculty member at the University and was elected as chair of the Faculty Senate. What better way
to represent nursing leadership on campus than being elected as the university faculty representatives. XXXXX is an
exceptional nursing leader and administrator who is a supportive mentor and a team player. When working with everyone, I
have found her to be dependable, trustworthy, and caring. I admire her ability to be a wife, mother, and university associate
dean that requires an enormous amount of time and commitment. I feel XXXXX is an exemplar nursing administrator and
certainly deserving and qualified to receive this award. Without hesitation, I offer my support of XXXXX’s nomination for thi s
prestigious award.

Sincerely,

XXXXXXXXXXXX
Assistant Professor
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                              SAMPLE of a Completed Summary Page



Provide a one-page summary of nominee's accomplishments using the following criteria:

• Uses innovative and creative in area of practice
She creates trust in order to impact negative health behaviors. Able to help her clients take a negative
experience and turn into a win-win situation. She simplifies the health care system to enable the patient to
navigate through the system. She demonstrates creativity through radio and TV presentations on topics that
are normally uncomfortable for others to discuss in public, especially topics related to communicable
diseases. Creative in her ability to help others relate issues to themselves, thus impacting education on
topics that most people feel has no impact on them. In her role as Case Manager she listens closely and is
very observant of what makes a difference in their lives. She has prevented suicide attempts and exposure
to Tuberculosis by simple things as providing them personal visits, with food, clothes and treats such as
snickers bars. This applicant realizes that sometimes it is the "simple things that matter most." She has been
in Community based nursing for 10 years. Thus she is well known in her area and described by others as a
true patient advocate.
• Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of area of practice
She mentors others in providing case management services to disenfranchised populations and precepts
graduate students, undergraduates and case managers new to the role. She is on the adjunct faculty for
local university. She is an excellent leader for the nursing profession as evident in her role in NCNA,
community activities and involvement in committees within the institution. She has been instrumental in
developing and organizing Nurses Day Celebrations for local nurses and students. She includes her patients
in development of their plan of care and allows her patients to define "success." She has a holistic approach
in the care she provides (legal, social, mental, physical and spiritual). Her volunteer activities define
"excellence at its best." She is instrumental in providing comprehensive education to patients, families,
communities and peers. She is often sought out by community leaders to participate in community leadership
roles.
• Serves as a role model
She volunteers at the local Mediation Center, indigent care clinic and serves on the local Board of Health.
She strives to bring empathy and value to those less fortunate. She is often heard to remark "It is not about
you, it is about the patient." She takes time to mentor others who work with indigent populations. She has
taken the time to accompany others on home visits to make them more comfortable. She stresses "Patients
Rights" but holds patients accountable for their actions. She has made numerous presentations on TV and
radio and with civic groups related to community health issues. She is informative and stresses the value of
those affected. Practical in approach to plan of care and individualizes for each patient. No matter how formal
or informal, she strives to create an atmosphere were they can achieve their plan of care.
• Has positive impact on area of practice
As HIV Case Manager, she was able to decrease length of stay and 30 day readmission rates by following
patients closely from hospital to home and intervened at critical points. She resolved simple issues that would
have resulted in an ED admission. Advocated within the healthcare system to ensure the patient received
individualized care that resulted in increased compliance with the medical plan of care and decreased length
of stay.

				
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