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Nominate an Outstanding Nurse

Publish Date: September 23, 2020

2020 has been quite a year for nursing practice in every specialty. “With the demands nurses have faced this year, it is especially important to acknowledge and honor our nurse colleagues,” notes AORN CEO and Executive Director Linda Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNAA, FAAN. “The individual achievement awards and the Award for Excellence offer such a great opportunity to recognize a colleague and demonstrate how their service, talents, and competencies are valued.”

With the 2021 Global Surgical Conference & Expo moved to August, there is more time to submit your nomination for an outstanding nurse to be honored with an AORN award. The individual achievement awards deadline is January 10 and the Award for Excellence deadline is now March 12.

Making Time for Recognition

Beyond individual acknowledgement, Groah believes recognition can lift the entire perioperative team. “Just taking a few minutes to see the positive by recognizing a colleague can help us all celebrate the heroic acts of those in our perioperative community.”

“One of the highest honors a professional can receive is being recognized by his or her peers, so nominating someone is an honor for them but also meaningful for you as the one who recognizes a colleague’s value,” Groah stresses. “When you are nominated for an award, it is a validation of your contribution and inspires you to continue your high level of performance.” 

Ready to nominate an outstanding perioperative nurse in your life? Here are a few important reminders:

  • Nominees must be a current member of AORN
  • You need to address specific traits and contributions of the candidate to perioperative practice in their facility or to the perioperative community
  • Applications must include nominator information and a nominator statement

“You want to identify what the person has done that is above and beyond, and don’t forget to share good examples,” Groah notes.

Find more details on the awards open for nomination, and scroll down to find the Nominate Now button to be guided through each step in the nomination process.

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