Nurses Week Nominations Criteria and Online Nomination - 2023

This is my favorite time of year to reflect and look back upon the great work we’ve accomplished at all VUMC locations, including the regional hospitals! 

As we continue to celebrate our 4th Magnet® designation. I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to your practice and helping to advance our mission and the nursing profession. 

With that said, nominations for the Nurses Week 2023 Awards have officially opened. We want to recognize those individuals who went above and beyond in their area during our annual Nurses Week celebration in May. There are 9 categories,  with 15 total awards, where you may nominate someone.

Nominations will close on March 3, 2023 at midnight. 

Please call Shannon Mullens for further details or with any questions at 615-875-3064.

Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Executive Chief Nursing Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
 

 

Read Before Starting Nomination Process


Nominating a colleague for an award is a way to recognize the wonderful contributions they make to their work.  
The following hints will make the nomination process easier:

Nominations may be made by a group or an individual (individuals may also nominate themselves)
•  For a nomination by a group, you can list all names of the nominators and then indicate a
   person as a point of contact for follow-up. Nominator does not have to be a nurse. Anyone can
   nominate. You will be asked to describe and demonstrate (by providing examples, using bullet points) key criteria.

The more examples provided, the stronger the nomination.
•  You may want to print the form and utilize a word document to gather answers before submitting.
•  You may want to consult with the person you nominate to gather more information.

Thank you for taking the time to recognize your colleagues!

Recipients will be announced at unit/department Nurses Week Celebrations.


Nomination deadline for all categories:  Nominations will close on March 3, 2023 at midnight

 

Click on Category for Criteria and Nomination Link

 

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.


    Click to nominate


     


     

  • Awards given to individual nurses for each facility:
    - Vanderbilt University Hospital
    - Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    - Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
    - The Vanderbilt Clinics
    - Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
    - Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital

    This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) and is currently practicing as a staff nurse in direct care who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
    • Role models exemplary practice of nursing by consistently asking questions in an effort to improve patient care.
    • Role models behaviors that acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health care team.
    • Leads and encourages efforts for shared-decision making when dealing with issues of quality, cost, and patient/staff satisfaction.
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities.
    • Participates in health care or community organizations to support improved patient outcomes with the ultimate goal of having a measurable impact on society.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively participates in the mentorship of students, care partners/Patient Care Technicians, new graduate nurses, peers, and/or other members of the healthcare team in the support of providing exceptional patient care.
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare team disciplines in the delivery of patient care which results in positive outcomes for these patients.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This award is given jointly by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Patient Care Services and Vanderbilt School of
    Nursing to honor Becky’s many contributions to both areas. The recipient can be a nurse at VUMC or faculty at VUSN.

    Nomination criteria include:
    • Mentorship of fellow nursing staff, faculty, or students
    • Active promotion of the nursing profession
    • Commitment to professional development at all levels

    By demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    Demonstrates proactivity in decision-making as exemplified by:

    • Participates in advocacy for policy change on a local, organizational or governmental level
    • Leadership role on staff level
    • Maintains current membership and demonstrates active participation in a professional nursing organization
    • Involvement in lobbying/campaigning on government level


    Has successfully integrated mentorship between fellow nursing staff, faculty or students in the School of Nursing (VUSN) and the School of Medicine (VUSM) as exemplified by:

    • Actively seeks opportunities to mentor
    • Participates in collaborative activities between the VUSN and VUSM


    Advocates for the advancement of Nursing Education/Development as exemplified by:

    • Participates in the orientation of new nurses; encourages them to inquire and share in decision making
    • Introduce innovative ideas in designing of nursing curriculum (new staff, or VUSN)
    • Assists or participates in the evaluation of nursing orientation and/or curriculum, examining the impact and outcomes of orientation as it relates to the nurses
    • Actively serves on and impacts a committee or board or group that advocates Nursing


    Demonstrates accountability for professional growth, learning, and advancement as exemplified by:

    • Actively seeks out continuing education opportunities
    • Is knowledgeable regarding current literature in area of expertise/interest and is active in the inquiry of issues in area
    • Has shared knowledge through teaching, presenting, advocacy
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • The award is specific to those full-time advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who have completed orientation) active in clinical practice who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:


    Practice:

    • Demonstrates clinical expertise in selected specialty,
    • Participates in the development of evidenced-based practice.


    Research:

    • Participates in independent or collaborative research endeavors specific to clinical specialty, and/or presents poster or publication of research efforts and findings.

    Education:

    • Actively participates in the education of nursing staff, house staff, and peers,
    • Mentors new APRN’s in the transition to professional practice.

    Leadership:

    • Consistently demonstrates a leadership role within the APRN cluster or specialty practice site/service,
    • Role models for the APRN who functions in a collaborative practice with the health care team.

    Professionalism:

    • Actively participates as a member of national, regional, or local nursing associations,
    • Actively participates in Grand Rounds, Mortality & Morbidity committees, and/or quality improvement processes to further evidenced-based practice.
       

    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This is awarded to a full-time licensed practical nurse (who has completed orientation) currently practicing as a direct-care nurse who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet culture by
    consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Participates in educational endeavors and continuous quality improvement.
    • Consistently promotes the mission and vision of Vanderbilt Nursing.
    • Shares knowledge and skills by mentoring and participating as a member of the health care team.
    • Actively participates in community projects.
    • Advances own professional development.
    • Actively assists in the orientation and peer evaluation process.
    • Participates on a committee/board or group that advocates nursing practice.


    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse VUMC Nursing Education Specialist who exemplifies the roles outlined in
    the Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Education and Professional Development and the essential elements of a Magnet culture by consistently demonstrating the following behaviors:

    • Supports and participates in professional practice activities and advances own professional development.
       
    • Promotes patient and staff safety.
       
    • Leads or participates in organization-wide initiatives (task forces, committees, boards, councils).
       
    • Utilizes adult learning principles in educational activities.
       
    • Actively participates in the mentoring of staff.
       
    • Participates in quality initiatives and uses evidence to drive changes in practice.
       
    • Understands and respects the diversity of patients, families, and staff and develops educational plans to meet the needs of a diverse population.
       
    • Positively reflects the image of nursing at Vanderbilt and in the community.
       
    • Models collaborative practice.


    Click to nominate


     





     

  • This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse who is employed in a nursing position, who has
    completed nursing orientation, and who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet culture by
    consistently using evidence. The Nursing Research and evidence-based Practice Award was
    established to recognize an individual who uses research findings as a basis for practice innovation or provides leadership for evidence-based practice changes in the clinical setting. Behaviors reflective of using
    evidence include:

    • Questions practice.
       
    • Actively encourages other staff to engage in and use research findings in clinical practice,
       
    • Serves as a role model influencing positive change in care delivery using evidence-based practice,
       
    • Consistently leads and encourages efforts that support evidence-based practice to improve patient care.


    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This is awarded to a team of two or more people (and must include at least one licensed nurse) linked to a common purpose that has come together deliberately to make a change, improve a process or solve a problem. Their efforts have led to a specific positive outcome for patients/families. The team must exemplify elements of a Magnet culture by
    consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Teamwork uses current evidence to accomplish the goal,
       
    • Team behaviors acknowledge and respect the diversity of patients/families and members of the health
      care team,
       
    • Team produces outcomes that have been or could be shared across the healthcare community,
       
    • The positive outcomes have been within the time frame of current fiscal year.


    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This is awarded to a full-time registered nurse (who has completed orientation) currently practicing in a nursing leadership role who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Leads and encourages shared decision-making,
       
    • Supports and participates in professional practice activities,
       
    • Promotes patient and staff safety first in all activities,
       
    • Understands and respects the diversity of patients/families and staff members of the healthcare team,
       
    • Positively reflects the image of nursing at Vanderbilt and in the community,
       
    • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence-based nursing practice, and quality outcomes,
       
    • Advances own professional development,
       
    • Actively participates in the mentoring of staff and promotion of advancement, i.e. VPNPP,
       
    • Works collaboratively with other departments within the organization.


    Click to nominate


     


     

  • This is awarded to a full-time non-nurse Vanderbilt employee (who has completed orientation) and who exemplifies the essential elements of a Magnet culture by consistently demonstrating evidence and examples of the following:

    • Exceeds role expectations in collaborative work with nursing.
       
    • Consistently supports nurses and nursing in achieving quality outcomes.
       
    • Recognizes the importance of the practice of nursing in the delivery of health care at Vanderbilt.
       
    • Actively promotes nursing throughout VUMC to other team members, patients, and families.
       
    • Actively supports and promotes nursing in the community.
       
    • Participates collaboratively in the mentoring and education of nurses.


    Click to nominate


     


     


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