Web site spotlight: Award program recognizes star nurses

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 9, 2008

Working as a nurse can be gratifying, but a little encouragement, appreciation, and recognition can go a long way in healthcare facilities. St. Cloud Hospital—which has chosen to do this with an award program for more than 15 years—is seeing the positive effects throughout the facility.

"Staff have always felt that it is a significant honor to be recognized [for an award]," says Jeanine Nistler, director of communications for CentraCare Health System, parent organization of St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. "I think they see it as great validation of what they do-and that what they are doing is something pretty special."

In a facility staffed with about 3,500 people, recipients of the Care Above All Award need to stand out among the crowd. Previously known as The Circle of Excellence Award, it is granted only to staff fulfilling specific criterion that is reviewed by the facility's employee recognition committee, such as:

  • Mentoring employees
  • Serving as a role model
  • Maintaining a professional appearance
  • Demonstrating a strong commitment to their co-workers and productivity

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from "Go above and beyond to recognize your nurses," found in The Reading Room at Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.


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