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Nightingale Awards

The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system. 

For the past 26 years, Nightingale celebrations have provided Oakland University’s School of Nursing with numerous benefits for students and faculty that include:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Research support for faculty
  • Cutting-edge technology and resources for the School of Nursing to ensure access to advanced nursing education at Oakland University

Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and provide inspiration to future generations of exceptional nurses who will follow in their tradition. 

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TABLE OR TICKETS  To purchase a table or tickets, please contact Ashley Samson. Tables seat 10 guests each. 

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Nominate a nurse you know!

The Oakland University School of Nursing strives to recognize and honor the compassion, knowledge, and initiative of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing. Awards are given based on nurses' achievements and community and professional involvement. Leadership, quality of care given, innovative practices and advances in research are also valued in the selection processes. The nine categories are listed below. Check out these tips for completing the nomination process and see a successful nomination sample.  If you have any questions regarding this nomination form, please contact Ashley Samson at samson@oakland.edu.

The Oakland University School of Nursing strives to recognize and honor the compassion, knowledge and initiative of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence®. The nomination process is now closed and not accepting any more applications at this time. We will begin to accept them for 2015 in November, 2014.


Nomination Information
Nominations from health care professionals, peers, colleagues and administrators, please use this form to nominate a nurse you know. Please make your nomination in one of the award categories listed below.

NOTE: This year, four Staff Nurse Practice awards will be given in each region of the state.  This category has been expanded to encompass nominations that reflect the exceptional nursing that occurs across the state. 

Nominations must be completed by February 3, 2014.


Categories include:  
  • Administration
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who models leadership and management in health care service through visionary and innovative approaches. This nurse creates an environment that enhances the image of nursing and serves as a mentor to others.
  • Advanced Nurse Practice
    This award goes to an advanced practice nurse who demonstrates excellence in complex patient care. This nurse has a graduate degree and develops creative approaches to nursing practice that significantly improve client care and the image of nursing. She/he must be a clinical expert who advances the scope and practice of nursing, serves as a mentor who inspires others, and is a person who has excellent communications skills.
  • Education and Research
    This award is given to a professional nurse who demonstrates innovative educational activities or contributes to quality patient care through research. This nurse advances nursing through clarifying, refining or expanding the knowledge base of nursing; establishes an environment conducive to client, family and student learning; influences scholarly development in nursing education and research; and influences the practice of nursing.
  • Nursing in the Community
    This award is given to a professional nurse who delivers innovative nursing services in a nontraditional setting. This nurse may be found in home care, community practice, political or legal arenas, case management, within entrepreneurial activities or other nontraditional nursing roles. She/he is dedicated to providing care to those in need inside and/or outside of a hospital setting. 
  • OU Distinguished Alumni
    This award is given to a professional nurse who is a graduate of Oakland University’s BSN, MSN or DNP program and is currently employed in nursing. This nurse demonstrates excellence and makes a difference in nursing practice. She/he demonstrates the intellectual ability, clinical competence and leadership characteristics of an Oakland University School of Nursing graduate. 
  • People’s Choice Award
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who has greatly impacted the life of a patient, friend or family member by giving more of her/himself in the care giving process. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice and inspires others. 
  • Long Term Care and Rehabilitation
    This award is given to a professional nurse who delivers effective humanistic nursing care in a long-term care or rehabilitation setting. This nurse demonstrates leadership and develops strategies to promote high-quality, humanistic nursing care practices. She/he is a lifelong learner who consistently seeks knowledge and skills that promote maximum development of patients’ self-care abilities in long-term care or rehabilitation facilities.
  • Staff Nurse Practice
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills. 
  • Staff Nurse Practice Southeast Michigan
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility in southeast Michigan. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills. 
  • Staff Nurse Practice Southwest Michigan
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility in southwest Michigan. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills. 
  • Staff Nurse Practice Central Michigan
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility in central Michigan. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills. 
  • Staff Nurse Practice Northern Michigan
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility in northern Michigan. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Samson at samson@oakland.edu or (248) 364-8725.  


People's Choice Nomination
Nominations come from patients, families and community members please use this form to nominate a nurse who has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know.

Nominations must be completed by February 3, 2014.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Samson at samson@oakland.edu or (248) 364-8725.  


Tips for a Successful Nomination

Click here to read our tips for a successful nomination


View a Sample Nomination
Not sure where to start? Here is a sample nomination to give you an idea!


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Congratulations to all 2014 winners and runners up! Each of the nine winners and ten runners up will be honored at the awards dinner on May 8, 2014 at the Mirage Banquet Center in Clinton Township. All winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a solid bronze Nightingale statue and a Nightingale pin. Runners up will receive a plaque and Nightingale pin. All nominees will be recognized in the program and receive a certificate in honor of their nomination. Read their bio's here.

Here is the list of winners and runners-up: 
ADMINISTRATION
 


Winner - Sister Mary Ellen Howard
St. Frances Cabrini Clinic


Runner Up - Mohamad Rustom
Oakwood  Healthcare System
ADVANCED NURSE PRACTICE:
 


Winner - Marci Simon-Burrell
DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital


Runner Up - Susanna Sirianni
Sinai Grace Hospital
EDUCATION & RESEARCH:   


Winner - Morris Magnan
Karmanos Cancer Center


Runner Up - Melchora "Toy" Bartley
Commission on Nursing Certification
and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY:   


Winner - Karen Straetmans
St. John Providence Hospital


Runner Up - Jesse Cruz
Henry Ford Health System
DISTINGUISHED OU ALUMNI:   


Winner
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Anne Stewart
Beaumont Health System,
Grosse Pointe
 

Runner Up - Suzanne Gardner
Beaumont Health System,
Grosse Pointe
STAFF NURSE PRACTICE:   


Winner - Lisa D'Andrea
Beaumont Health System
Comprehensive Breast Care Center
 

Runner Up  - Timothy Deuby
Providence Hospital and Medical Center
 

Winner - Anne Page
Beaumont Health System,
Royal Oak


Runner Up- Molly Duane
DMC Harper University Hospital

PEOPLE'S CHOICE TOP 3:   


Caryn Knappen
Chateau Home Care



Cynthia McKenna
Older Person's Commission/Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
 

Tamara Niemiec
Henry Ford West Bloomfield
   


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2014 Nightingale Awards

26 years of honoring nurses with the Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence


When: May 8, 2014
Where: Mirage Banquet Center, Clinton Township
CONTACT US:

Ashley Samson
(248) 364-8725
samson@oakland.edu