Professional Nursing Awards

In the spring, the Professional Nursing Awards were put on hold due to COVID-19. With the pandemic ongoing, we are reopening the Professional Nursing Award nominations in order for nurses’ efforts prior to and during the past months of the pandemic to be recognized during 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. If you nominated someone before the postponement, don't worry. Their nomination will automatically be included. 

Know a nurse who should be recognized? Nominate them now! Nominations close Monday, September 28. 

We look forward to recognizing the winners at our virtual Celebration of Excellence in December. Stay tuned for the date. 
  

Nomination Process

Who is eligible?

  • Members of the Association who are in good standing with their college
  • Nominees with two nominators (including the lead nominator).
  • Nominators must be a member of the Association.
  • Nominators must not be current members of the Association’s Board of Directors, staff or Awards Committee.
  • Nominees who have consented to their nomination (unless deceased).
  • Nominees cannot be a current member of the Association’s Board of Directors, staff or Awards Committee.

How do I nominate a nurse?


Nominees for any award must consistently demonstrate:

  • Excellence in practice
  • Mentorship and support of colleagues
  • Patient/resident/client/family-centred care
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Ongoing commitment to professional development and practice excellence
  • Advocacy for the nursing profession and health equity

 Each nomination requires:

  1. Completed nomination form
  2. Document that includes 5-10 examples that demonstrate how the nominee meets the award criteria. Can be in paragraph or bullet form with a maximum of 500 words
  3. Quotes or information from others may be included
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional: Links to support resources if applicable, such as professional online/social media sites, news articles and/or research studies. 


Click here to complete the online nomination form »


Award Categories

See below for the detailed criteria for each award category. 

  • Advocacy Award
  • Awards of Excellence
    • Clinical Nursing Practice: Acute Care
    • Clinical Nursing Practice: Long Term Care
    • Clinical Nursing Practice: Community
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Research
  • Outstanding Nursing Unit, Program or Interprofessional Team Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Legacy Award

Professional Nursing Awards Criteria 

Advocacy Award

This award is presented to nurses who have a proven ability as a change agent who advocates for the improvement of health outcomes and a decrease of health inequities for people living in Manitoba. The ideal nominee:
  • Consistently strives to advocate for the improvement of health and decrease of health equities for people in the province
  • Demonstrates exceptional collaboration, cooperation and respect
  • Makes a positive impact with their work in this area

Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence subcategories include:

  • Clinical Nursing Practice – acute care
  • Clinical Nursing Practice – community/programs
  • Clinical Nursing Practice – long term care
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Research

Award of Excellence – Clinical Nursing Practice: Acute Care, Community/Programs or Long-Term Care
This award is presented to nurses in a point of care/front-line position who consistently demonstrate expertise and evidence-informed clinical practice.  The ideal nominee:
  • Is an expert in their field of practice
  • Is a life-long learner
  • Delivers exceptional patient and family-centered care
  • Practices in a manner which is evidenced-based and uses evidence to effect positive change
  • Uses innovative and creative approaches
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Articulates and demonstrates nursing’s contributions to the health-care team
  • Actively fosters a quality work environment and positive culture
  • Is a leader and a role-model

Award of Excellence – Nursing Education
This award is presented to nurses who practice as a nurse educator in a college/university or clinical setting and demonstrate teaching excellence by encouraging critical thinking and innovation. The ideal nominee:

  • Is an expert educator
  • Is a life-long learner
  • Is a positive, stimulating educator as evidenced by awards or other recognition (e.g. teacher of the year, outstanding student feedback)
  • Uses teaching approaches that are innovative, creative and informed by research
  • Conducts research or uses research in the development of course content
  • Participates in curriculum development and develops innovative programs and courses
  • Advocates for and participates in the advancement of nursing education

Award of Excellence – Nursing Administration
This award is presented to nurses who exemplify transformational leadership qualities and promote a culture of innovation and practice excellence. The ideal nominee:

  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership skills (e.g. is visionary, motivating and inspiring)
  • Is a life-long learner
  • Actively creates a quality practice environment and promotes a positive culture
  • Promotes the advancement of nursing knowledge and the application of evidence in practice
  • Facilitates positive change based upon evidence
  • Uses innovative and creative approaches
  • Articulates and demonstrates nursing’s contributions to the health-care team
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a culture of patient safety

Award of Excellence – Nursing Research
This award is presented to nurses who promote the value of nursing and enhance the body of knowledge related to the art and/or science of nursing. The ideal nominee:

  • Is an expert researcher 
  • Is a life-long learner
  • Conducts research with a demonstrated practical application; influences the practice of nursing or health care in general
  • Shares their research (i.e. through papers, policy, presentations, conferences, etc.)
  • Acts as a role model, a mentor or consultant to foster the development of beginning researchers


Outstanding Nursing Unit, Program or Interprofessional Team Award 

This award is presented to unit, program or interprofessional team that has made a significant and meaningful difference to the health and well-being of a client population in a direct care, education, administrative or research setting. The ideal team:

  • Demonstrates exceptional collaboration, cooperation and respect
  • Consistently strives to improve and maintain a positive practice environment
  • Achieves positive outcomes for patients through a team approach
  • Applies research or best practices to improve patient care
  • Uses innovative and creative approaches
 

Emerging Leaders Award

This award is presented to nurses in clinical practice who entered the profession as an RN within the past five years, demonstrates excellence in their practice area, outstanding communication and promising leadership qualities. The ideal nominee:

  • Demonstrates leadership qualities and characteristics
  • Displays exceptional communication skill and ability with colleagues, patients, families, etc.
  • Shows promise to continue to develop as an exceptional member of the profession
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of professionalism

Legacy Award

This award is presented to nurses with more than 25 years of service who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession. The ideal nominee:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to the nursing profession at a local, provincial, national and/or international level
  • Made a significant contribution to health promotion and/or the delivery of health-care services in Manitoba
  • Made significant contributions to the prestige and credibility of nursing
  • Made a positive impact on the practice of nursing over a sustained period