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International Awards for Nursing Excellence

Chapter Key Award deadline 15 July 2017.

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Purpose

STTI's International Awards for Nursing Excellence are based on the society's dedication to fostering high professional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leadership, and encouraging creative work.

Awards are conferred to nurses each biennium for contributions in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research, leadership, and practice.

Eligibility

Membership is not a qualification for all awards. Self and group nominations are accepted for some awards. STTI current elected board and committee members, STTI staff, STTI consultants and contracted staff, and members of the judging committee are not eligible.

Award recipients from the 2013 and 2015 award cycle are not eligible to receive the same award in 2017.

Award Cycle

  • The 2017 call for nominations has closed. Nominees will be notified in July.
  • The Chapter Key Award deadline is 15 July 2017.
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Award Categories

Research

Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

The Episteme Award

Purpose

The Baxter International Foundation’s Episteme Award acknowledges a major break-through in nursing knowledge development that has resulted in a significant and recognizable benefit to the public.

The Baxter International Foundation generously provides a US $15,000 stipend to the award recipient. In the tradition of the Nobel Prize, The Episteme Award is presented to a person or team for highly significant research. The Episteme Laureate will be the keynote speaker at convention.

Evidence-Based Practice Award in collaboration with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Purpose

The Evidence-Based Practice Award is the process of integrating knowledge and clinical experience to achieve excellence in nursing practice. It is characterized by a high level of curiosity, critical thinking, continuous learning, reflective practice, and the ability to seek and use a spectrum of interdisciplinary resources in care delivery.

The Evidence-Based Practice Award, formerly known as the Clinical Scholarship Award, was established in 1997 to recognize a nurse, group of nurses or organization who is self-motivated and foster a practice environment that promotes and values creativity, questioning, data-based decision making, access and synthesis of new knowledge, and the use of innovations to improve practice and clinical outcomes.

Research Dissemination Award

Purpose

The Research Dissemination Award recognizes an individual or group who has made a major contribution to the dissemination of research for use in clinical nursing practice, education, administration, research, and/or public knowledge.

Dissemination of research findings refers to a systematic effort or project that is directed toward making the essentials of completed research available to nurses or to the public in an accessible and usable format.

Research Dissertation Award

Purpose

The Research Dissertation Award recognizes a nurse whose doctoral dissertation is exceptionally meritorious and exemplifies high standards of scholarship and knowledge development. The recipient is required to have completed (defended) a dissertation between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016.

Leadership/Professionalism

Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award

Purpose

This award is named in honor of Amy J. Berman, BS, RN, for her valuable contributions to and influence in the geriatric nursing community. Designed to celebrate the accomplishments of an emerging nurse leader, the Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated intentional leadership in advancing the care of older adults.

The nurse leader selected has demonstrated contributions to collaborative practice through involvement in interprofessional teams and defined commitment to gerontological nursing. Articulating impact via policy, advanced practice, system change, and advocacy is an important part of this leader’s experience.

Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award

Purpose

Funded by individual contributions to the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing’s Leadership Fund, the Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award was established through an anonymous planned gift to the Foundation capable of permanently endowing this award in Dr. Pesut’s honor. The US $2,500 stipend is awarded to one nurse leader whose efforts to renew self and others exemplify purposeful reflection in practice, mindful understanding of human interrelationships, and display an appreciative, futuristic vision for the practice of nursing.

Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award

Purpose

The Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award honors an individual for his or her innovative and cutting-edge work in the field of nursing informatics. The individual’s work must have resulted in a significant development and sustained contributions to advance the discipline of nursing informatics. The individual’s work also must achieve a recognizable and momentous public benefit.

This award will be presented during STTI’s biennial convention, and the recipient will be invited to present an abbreviated presentation of his or her work during a concurrent session. A US $500 stipend and a commemorative award will be given to the recipient.

The award will become permanently endowed and offer a notable stipend in the future through Dr. Saba’s planned gift to the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing. Donors may contribute directly to this award by contacting the Foundation.

Education/Technology

Best Practice in Technology Award

Purpose

The Best Practice in Technology Award recognizes and honors an individual, developer, or vendor that clearly exemplifies an outstanding use of technology in an instructional or clinical setting.

Pilot projects accepted; please include completion timeline and remaining operation milestones for completion.

Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

Communications/Media/Publicity

The Capstone International Nursing Book Award

Purpose

The Capstone International Nursing Book Award recognizes the excellence of one outstanding book published by nurses.

Any nursing books published between 2 February 2015 and 1 February 2017 are eligible. Book must be in print by close of eligibility period.

Chapter Communications and Publicity Award

Purpose

The Chapter Communications and Publicity Award recognizes chapters that have exceptional chapter communication and publicity efforts. The creativity and hard work it takes to communicate effectively with members of the chapter, campus community and local community, enhance visibility for the chapter and STTI.

Media Awards

Purpose

The Media Awards recognize and salute those communicators, information specialists, photo journalists, and creative individuals and groups who have pursued excellence in communicating nursing’s rich and diverse stories and in sharing nursing’s knowledge with the nursing community.

Media Awards recognize nursing in the following areas:

NURSING MEDIA

  • Print (published materials)
  • Other (electronic, photography, art, etc.)

Nursing Practice

Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children

Purpose

The Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children was established in 1993 to honor Ms. Hepburn’s extraordinary work on behalf of children in need. This award is presented each biennium to a nurse who has made significant contributions to the health and well-being of children.

Clinical Partnership Award

Purpose

Recognizes and honors clinical facilities or nursing units that have demonstrated commitment in promoting quality in healthcare, promoting professional nursing as demonstrated by the development of nurse leaders, and has shown excellence in healthcare outcomes.

One award will be presented in each of the following five (5) categories:

  • Academic Health or Medical Center
  • Large Hospital more than 200 beds
  • Small Hospital fewer than 200 beds
  • Long-Term Care Facility
  • Primary or Community Facility, including but not limited to outpatient/ambulatory care settings

Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

Hester C. Klopper Global Health Award

Purpose

The Global Health Award recognizes Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) chapters or institutions of higher learning or practice where STTI active members are engaged in undertaking projects that address global health disparities.

Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

Practice Academe Innovative Collaboration Award

Purpose

Given that healthcare systems and schools of nursing have a stake in each other’s success, STTI will recognize an institution or group of institutions for innovative practice/academe collaboration. A successful submission will demonstrate how the collaboration optimized the way nursing practice and academe worked together to accomplish STTI’s vision of creating a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service, and learning to improve the health of the world’s people. In addition, collaborations should advance the profession and the discipline of nursing within their respective community/communities resulting in improved patient care outcomes.

Chapter Activity/Membership

Chapter Communications and Publicity Award

Purpose

The Chapter Communications and Publicity Award recognizes chapters that have exceptional chapter communication and publicity efforts. The creativity and hard work it takes to communicate effectively with members of the chapter, campus community and local community, enhance visibility for the chapter and STTI.

Chapter Communications and Publicity Award

Purpose

The Chapter Key Award, established in 1991, honors STTI chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as:

  • Membership recruitment and retention
  • Publicity and programming
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Local, national, and international collaboration

Ethel Palmer Clarke Award for Chapter Excellence (Founders Award)

Purpose

The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence.

The top five scoring Chapter Key Award submissions will be considered for the Ethel Palmer Clarke Award for Chapter Excellence. Chapters should submit their own name in nomination for the Chapter Key Award.

Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support

Purpose

During the 1995-1997 biennium, Melanie C. Dreher, president of STTI, appointed the Deans’ Task Force to recommend strategies for orienting, involving, and recognizing nursing program administrators for their support and effort in promulgating the honor society’s mission and goals. The 1997-1999 Deans’ Task Force further explored how the organization could better support nursing program administrators to develop and strengthen their support of chapters and work at the regional and global levels. In order to provide recognition, this task force recommended the creation of the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, which was approved by the Board of Directors in September of 1999. The award was named after Dr. Dreher because she is an outstanding example of a dean who “lives” her commitment to STTI. In creating this award, the task force stressed that the support of deans in the success of local chapters cannot be underestimated, and there are a number of deans whose contributions have gone beyond normal expectations.

New Member Pillar Award

Purpose

The New Member Pillar Award recognizes a recently inducted member whose nursing practice reflects care, commitment, and creativity to advance the profession and whose exemplary voluntary service and leadership achievements have positively impacted STTI, the chapter, and the nursing profession or healthcare.

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