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Pathway Nurse of the Year Award

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2021 Pathway Nurse of the Year Awards

Do you work with a direct care nurse or nurse leader who has positively impacted the practice environment?

 The Pathway Nurse of the Year Award™ recognizes the outstanding contributions of one direct care nurse and one nurse leader globally from a Pathway organization, who has positively impacted the practice environment by demonstrating remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members and integrating clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions.

Eligibility Criteria

ANCC will accept nominations for direct care nurses or nurse leaders from a Pathway-designated organization regardless of size, setting, or location. An individual winner can receive the award once in a lifetime. 

The nominator must assign the nominee to the direct care nurse or nurse leader award during the online submission process.

The direct care nurse nominee must be a nurse whose primary responsibility is the provision of direct patient care at a Pathway-designated organization at the time of submission. This includes nurses at every level who provide direct patient care at least 50 percent of the time.

The nurse leader nominee must be a registered nurse responsible for the supervision of registered nurses and other health care providers who deliver nursing care in an inpatient or outpatient area at the time of submission.

As long as the nominee's unit/area is part of a Pathway-designated organization, nominees may have a range of tenures, hours worked, and locations of employment.

The winner must be employed by the Pathway-designated organization that is in good standing at the time o fthe award ceremony (November 2021).

ANCC does not charge an entry fee for nomination submission.

Only one award will be awarded to an organization in an award year.

The nominations must include:

1. Nominee's resume (3-page maximum)

2. Narrative essay: 500 words or fewer, written by the nominator, demonstrating the contribution(s) the Pathway direct care nurse or nurse leader nominee has made in the Pathway-designated organization to include:
How the nurse nominee’s contribution(s) exemplifies living at least two (2) of the Pathway Standards with a focus on the nurse’s contributions as defined by the two criteria (a and b) below:

a) Demonstrated remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members
b) Integrated clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions

3. Letter of endorsement: limited to one page from the chief nursing officer (CNO) of the nominating Pathway-designated organization describing why the nominee should be chosen as the Pathway Nurse of the Year (direct care nurse or nurse leader) to include:
How the nurse nominee’s contribution(s) exemplifies living at least two (2) of the Pathway Standards with a focus on the nurse’s contributions as defined by the two criteria (a and b) below:

a) Demonstrated remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members
b) Integrated clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions

Submission Instructions and Website

Nominations must be submitted through the online submission website. The website details all nomination information and walks nominators through the submission process step-by-step. 

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Nominators must complete submissions by 11:59 pm EDT on April 2, 2021.

Please note: ANCC will only review completed nominations.

Award Information

ANCC will present the Pathway Nurse of the Year Awards during the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Atlanta, GA on November 11-13, 2021. In addition, the awardee will receive: stipend amount up to $1,500.00 to cover travel costs to the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® ; Conference registration fee; Award presentation onstage at the Pathway to Excellence Conference; Recognition during the ANCC Pathway Nurse of the Year reception during the Pathway conference, invitation is extended to up to 20 registered conference attendees from the winner’s Pathway-designated organization; Pathway Nurse of the Year crystal award, engraved with winner’s name, credentials, and award category; Invitation to the Pathway Leadership Luncheon; Lab coat embossed with name, credentials, and award category, a lapel pin; Professional photos and videos taken at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference®; and Award announcements on the ANCC website and ANA media platforms.

Questions?

Email PNOY@ana.org or call 301.628.5198.

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