Nominations may be made by an individual, group, or an organization.
Each nomination must include the following:
Award nominations will be accepted throughout the year. Nominations received on or before August 21 will be considered for this year's award recipients. Nominations received on or after August 21 will be considered for next year's awards.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete nominations will NOT be considered. Awardees will be notified of the Nominations Committee's decision in September.
Hall of Fame Award
This award will be given annually to an individual(s) who has displayed visionary leadership, dedication to the mission of the INA, and a passion for the profession of nursing on an ongoing basis.
Excellence in Nursing Leadership
This award is conferred on a Registered Nurse(s) who has developed an innovative and unique approach to nursing theory and knowledge in any practice setting. They will be recognized as a role model of consistent high-quality nursing practices. The 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. Your letter(s) supporting this nominee should include a description of the attributes and examples of quality and professionalism, or a description of a specific event in which the nurse was exceptional.
Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN)
This award is bestowed on an Advanced Practice Nurse(s) who has provided 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. Your letter(s) supporting the nominee should describe the attributes of the Advanced Practice Nurse.
Faces of Our Future Nurses
This award is given to an individual(s) who has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for five 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 INA Region and other nominees can be solicited from peers, nursing supervisors, or patients of the nominee. Your letter(s) supporting this nominee should describe the attributes of the new nurse.
Excellence in Nursing Education
This award is given to an INA member who is a nursing instructor and who has been a positive influence on the future nurses of Iowa. Letter(s) of nomination should include information about innovative teaching practices, instructional materials developed, new courses developed, major course improvement projects, grants or awards relating to teaching, and assessments of teaching by both students and peers. Instructional activities outside the classroom will also be considered. Such activities may include but are not limited to advisory activities, instructional activities in the community, and/or presentations related to teaching made at professional meetings.
Collaborative Practice Award
This award will be presented to any health care organization(s) for a collaborative project which shows an interdisciplinary approach to best practices that resulted in improved patient outcomes or cost savings. Letter(s) supporting this nomination should include the names of the project champions, and examples of how the project improved patient incomes or resulted in cost savings.