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Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) Awards

Awards to Wyoming Individuals, Groups, or Organizations
for Exemplary Nursing Practice and Innovation

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Awards to Wyoming individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding service and contributions to the field of nursing. Awards are intended to highlight outstanding nurses that demonstrate great achievement in caring, quality, service, and dedication to innovation or provision of patient care.

Award categories:

Excellence in the Workplace:
This award is conferred on a Registered Nurse who has developed an innovative unique approach to nursing theory and knowledge in any practice setting. The award may be given to a Nurse Administrator, Educator or a Nurse who provides direct nursing care. They will be recognized as a role model of consistent high quality nursing practice. This nurse will have created an environment of professional autonomy and control over their nursing practice. The nomination can come from a peer, patient, or supervisor. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes and examples of Quality, Professionalism or a Description of a Specific Event in which the Nurse was exceptional will nominate the nurse for this award.

Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing:
This award is conferred on an Advanced Practice Nurse who has developed an innovative and unique approach to the provision of nursing in their practice setting. The APRN can be nominated for providing a positive impact to patients or peers in the work setting, or for the provision of autonomous practices. This nurse will have served as a role model for other APRNs. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes of the nurse will be required to nominate the Advanced Practice Nurse.

Nightingale Award for Excellence:
This award is conferred on a WNA member who, during their career, has provided support to the values of the Wyoming Nursing Association and the profession of nursing in the state of Wyoming. A letter of nomination should include examples of the activities of the nominee which would show lifetime achievement in quality, caring, service and/or dedication to innovation or provision of patient care.

New Nurses for the Future:
This award is given to one nurse from each Wyoming Region who has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for 5 years or less. The nominee will have become known in that time of practice since graduation for innovative practice, service in the community, or a specific program that will serve the public in the area where they practice. At least one nominee will be suggested by the leaders of the WNA Region and other nominees can be solicited from peers, nursing supervisors or patients of the New Nurse. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes of the nurse will be required to nominate a new nurse for this important award. The five (5) New Nurses for the Future award recipients will receive a one-year membership to ANA and WNA at a discounted rate of $80 (a savings of $200).

President’s Award:
This award is awarded periodically at the discretion of the President of the Wyoming Nurses Association in recognition of achievements of significance to the profession or special service to, or on behalf of, the Wyoming Nurses Association or of the nursing profession. Examples of this award category might be a newly-designed program or a collaborative effort in the state for improvements or exceptional provision of services to the citizens of Wyoming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181892

Number of Grants:

8 Total - 5 New Nurse for the Future awards, and (1) award in each of the (3) other categories. The President’s Award may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the President of the WNA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations may be made for an individual, group, or an organization.

Nominees for the Nightingale Award for Excellence require WNA membership.
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Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are due by August 1 and award winners will be notified by September 1, 2017

The celebration and presentation of awards will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie, Wyoming at the Award Luncheon held in conjunction with the Wyoming Nursing Summit and Convention.

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Nominations should be addressed to:

WNA Awards Committee
301 Thelma Drive #200
Casper, Wyoming 82609

If possible, nominations and documentation should be submitted electronically via email to, “Subject: Award Nomination.”

For more information, email the address above or contact Jeanine Niemoller, WNA Awards Chair, at or 307-462-2600.

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USA: Wyoming