Celebrating Nursing’s Image

Winners of the 2011
Nursing Image Awards
The HCPro Nursing Image Awards

The winners of the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards have been announced, and this year’s winners are nurses whose leadership, teamwork, and clinical expertise embody an image of nursing excellence. They each make a difference in improving patient care, quality outcomes, nurse satisfaction, and the healthcare environment.

Hundreds of entries were received for two categories:

  • Image of Nursing in Leadership: This category honors nursing leaders who embody a positive image of nursing through their leadership excellence and who have served as inspiring leaders, mentors, and role models to nurses as they strive to portray an image of professionalism in all that they do, whether by overcoming significant challenges, spearheading change, or inspiring teamwork that resulted in achievement of operational goals/objectives.
  • Image of Nursing in Clinical Practice: This category recognizes nurses who portray a positive image of nursing through their clinical excellence, and who have made significant contributions to improve patient outcomes, patient safety/quality initiatives, staff satisfaction, practice changes, research or evidence-based practice projects, interdisciplinary collaboration, or organizational goals.

A panel of nurse leaders and senior editorial staff from HCPro served as judges for the awards. After weeks of careful deliberations, the judges chose the winners and runners up in each category.

Winner: Image of Nursing in Leadership

Tracy Williams, RN, DNP

Tracy Williams, RN, DNP, senior vice president and system CNO for Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY, received this award for embodying a positive image of nursing through her leadership.

“What struck us about Tracy was her action-oriented leadership,” says Elizabeth Petersen, associate editorial director, HCPro, Inc., and member of the judging panel. “She’s created real, measurable change in her organization and she seems to have found that wonderful balance between practical and visionary management.”

Runners up are:

  • Kelly Gipson, BSN, RN, associate patient safety officer for York Hospital in York, PA
  • Mary Helen Forrest, chief nursing officer, UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock, AR
 

Winner: Image of Nursing in Clinical Practice

Cheryl Lillegraven

Rebecca Schorn, RN, BSN

Image of nursing in clinical practice award recipient Cheryl Lillegraven

Cheryl Lillegraven, clinical nurse specialist at Iowa Health Des Moines (IH-DM), in Des Moines, ID, was honored with this award for embodying a positive image of nursing through clinical excellence.

“Cheryl’s work as a clinical nurse specialist at IH-DM is pioneering, but it’s her unwavering commitment to her patients, her peers, and the profession that is most impressive,” says Petersen.

Runners up are:

  • SICU Nursing Team at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Julie Corey, RN, at UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA

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