Nominations Needed for Home Care Nurse of the Year

14-Nurses-iconWe’re looking for examples of caring and service that make a difference in patients’ lives and show the value of nurses. Our goal is to tell the story of home care and hospice on a day-to-day level and bring our message to the nation.  Click here for nomination information and materials.

Now is the time to give us your input. HHNA is accepting nominations for nurses from across the country. Agencies may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2014. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee made up of members from HHNA and the Forum of State Associations who will choose one nurse from every state.

Nominees must be registered nurses employed by home care or hospice agencies that are members of NAHC. Agencies can nominate their nurse by going to the NAHC or HHNA websites and filling out an application. As part of the application process, they must submit a brief essay showing how the nurse has touched a patient’s life. All applications must also include a high-resolution photo of both the nurse and patient discussed in the story, as well as photo release forms they each have signed.

The photos and real-life stories of the winners will appear in the May issue of CARING. This timely edition of CARING is part of NAHC’s efforts to celebrate National Nurses Month and give our nurses the recognition they deserve. Extra kudos will go to the top 10 nurses, who will be contenders for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year.

This extraordinary nurse could come from your agency, so don’t wait to send in your application and story. Telling these stories is a powerful way of showing what home care and hospice is and the important impact it makes every day. It’s also a chance to get your agency the attention it deserves by contributing a story of your own. Whether you live in New York or Nevada, tell us what your nurses have done to reduce hospital admissions and keep their patients safe and happy at home. Help us bring home the message that nurses make life better in communities nationwide.

For inspiration and ideas on how to write the essay, read the story on last year’s Nurse of the Year. In it, you’ll read about the courage and commitment Dea Kuiper showed as she cared for a young girl with a life-threatening disease. If you have a nurse like Dea, please let us know.

To view CARING Magazine article highlighting the 50 state winners, click here.

The deadline for submission: March 28, 2014.