PATHWAY NURSE OF THE YEAR AWARDTM

The American Nurses Credentialing Center invites you to submit a nomination for the annual Pathway Nurse of the Year AwardTM program. The Pathway Nurse of the Year Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of one direct care nurse and one nurse leader, globally from a Pathway organization, who have positively impacted the practice environment by demonstrating remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members and integrating clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ANCC will accept nominations for direct care nurses or nurse leaders from a Pathway-designated organization regardless of size, setting, or location. An individual winner can receive the award once in a lifetime.
  • The nominator must assign the nominee to the direct care nurse or nurse leader award during the online submission process.
  • The direct care nurse nominee must be a nurse whose primary responsibility is the provision of direct patient care at a Pathway-designated organization at the time of submission. This includes nurses at every level who provide direct patient care at least 50 percent of the time.
  • The nurse leader nominee must be a registered nurse responsible for the supervision of registered nurses and other health care providers who deliver nursing care in an inpatient or outpatient area at the time of submission.
  • As long as the nominee's unit/area is part of a Pathway-designated organization, nominees may have a range of tenures, hours worked, and locations of employment.
  • ANCC does not charge an entry fee for nomination submission.
  • The winner must be employed by the Pathway-designated organization that is in good standing at the time of the award ceremony (November 2021).

Online Submission Steps and Instructions:

  1. Award Agreement

    Read the Eligibility Criteria and acknowledge compliance.
  2. Entry Details

    Enter title of nomination, nominator email, and nominee qualifications.
  3. Award Type

    Assign the nominee to Pathway Nurse of the Year (direct care nurse or nurse leader)
  4. People

    Enter name, affiliation, and contact information for nominator, nominee, and CNO Endorser
  5. Documents

    The nominator's online submission must include:

    1. Nominee's resume (3-page maximum): Must outline his or her credentials, educational background, work experience, professional activities, publications, presentations or projects, and full contact information—nominee name, credentials, home address, email address, and direct phone number.
    2. Narrative essay: 500 words or fewer, written by the nominator, demonstrating the contribution(s) the Pathway direct care nurse or nurse leader nominee has made in the designated Pathway organization to include:
      • How the nurse nominee’s contribution(s) exemplifies living at least two (2) of the Pathway Standards with a focus on the nurse’s contributions as defined by the two criteria (a and b) below:
        1. Demonstrated remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members
        2. Integrated clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions
      • The nominator must write the narrative essay on official organization letterhead and must include his or her full contact information—nominator name, credentials, email address, direct phone number, and organization address.
    3. Letter of endorsement: limited to one page from the chief nursing officer (CNO) of the nominating Pathway-designated organization describing why the nominee should be chosen as the Pathway Nurse of the Year (direct care nurse or nurse leader) to include:
      • How the nurse nominee’s contribution(s) exemplifies living at least two (2) of the Pathway Standards with a focus on the nurse’s contributions as defined by the two criteria (a and b) below:
        1. Demonstrated remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members
        2. Integrated clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions
      • The CNO must write the letter of endorsement on official organization letterhead and must include his or her full contact information—CNO name, credentials, email address, direct phone number, and organization address. The CNO must sign the letter of endorsement.

  6. Confirmation

    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure all is complete.
  7. Submission Process and Deadline Date

    Nominators must complete submissions through the online submission website. The website details all nomination information and walks nominators through the submission process step-by-step.

    Nominators must complete submissions by at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 2, 2021.

    Please Note: ANCC will review only completed applications.

  8. Rules

    The Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee will only consider properly submitted nominations and material submitted with or in support thereof.

    Material submitted with or in support of any nomination shall be received on the conditions that:

    • The Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee shall have permission to use and display submitted materials in any manner it deems appropriate and to not return such material or any portion thereof to the nominee or nominators.

    • The Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee may make such disclosure of the names of the nominees and of the work disclosed in such material as the committee deems appropriate.

    • No claim shall be made, and no action shall be brought against the American Nurses Credentialing Center, its board of directors, employees, or members of the Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee arising out of the use made of such application material or of any such disclosure.

    • The decision of the Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee is final. If the Pathway Nurse of the Year Award committee does not consider any nominations suitable in both categories during a given year, ANCC shall not give a Pathway Nurse of the Year Award in that category.

    • Submitting a nomination constitutes agreement that each representative submitting the nomination and each nominee agrees to be bound by the rules of the Pathway Nurse of the Year Award program.
    • Only one award will be awarded to an organization in an award year.
  9. Award Ceremony

    ANCC will present the Pathway Nurse of the Year AwardTM to one direct care nurse and one nurse leader during the ANCC Pathway to Excellent® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Atlanta, GA on November 11-13, 2021.
  10. Award Information

    The awardee will receive: stipend amount up to $1,500.00 to cover travel costs to the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference®; Conference registration fee; Award presentation onstage at the Pathway to Excellence Conference; Recognition during the ANCC Pathway Nurse of the Year reception during the Pathway conference, invitation is extended to up to 20 registered conference attendees from the winner's Pathway-designated organization; Pathway Nurse of the Year crystal award, engraved with winner's name, credentials, and award category; Invitation to the Pathway leadership Luncheon; Lab coat embossed with name, credentials, and award category, and a lapel pin; Professional photos and videos taken at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference; and Award announcements on the ANCC website and ANA media platforms.

    In addition, responsibilities of the winner: Keep the award confidential until announced at the conference; be a member on the Review committee the year after and contribute to an article with the Pathway Program Office for Nursing Management Journal (Pathway Nurse of the Year).