Award applications are due August 1st of each year.
The Excellence in Nursing Award is conferred on a member, who has developed an innovative, unique and creative approach that utilizes nursing theory and knowledge/skills in any practice setting: Administration, Education, and/or Direct Patient Care. The recipient should be recognized by peers as a role model of consistently high-quality nursing practice and as one who enhances the image of professional nursing by creating an environment promoting professional autonomy and control over nursing practice.
Nursing Research Award
The Nursing Research Award recipient is a nurse who has made a significant impact on nursing research as a basis for innovation as it relates to one of the following areas: management, clinical practice and/education. Significant impact means that the nurse has contributed to the creation of new nursing knowledge through research findings. In addition, the research has improved or created a plan for improving nursing management, nursing education, clinical nursing practice and/or patient outcomes in response to the findings.
The Nursing Impact On Public Policy Award honors the nurse, whose activities are above and beyond those of the general nursing community to further the political presence of nursing and/or to accomplish positive public policy for the nursing profession.
The Nightingale Award of Excellence is conferred on an ONA member who during their career has:
Other professional behaviors, such as mentoring, advocacy, research conduction or utilization, publications and presentations should also be demonstrated throughout his/her career.
The Friend of Nursing Award is conferred on non-nurses who have rendered valuable assistance to the nursing profession. Their contributions and assistance are of statewide significance to nursing.
The Excellence in the Workplace Environment Award is presented to organizations that have developed positive work environments. These organizations must have developed an Innovative and effective program, approach or overall environment that promotes excellent nursing care, creating a positive environment for nurses to work and supports nurses in their practice.