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The Nightingale Awards for Nursing recognize the exemplary contributions of registered nurses. Winners are selected from nominations by peers, supervisors, friends or patients for superior service and contributions in one of nine areas. Nine winners and runners-up are honored each year during the Annual Nightingale Awards ceremony. Winners receive a solid bronze statue of Florence Nightingale, a $1,000 check and Nightingale pin, while runners-up receive a plaque and pin. All nominated nurses receive a certificate of honor.
A total of 48 Beaumont nurses were nominated for the 2011 Nightingale Awards. Four Beaumont nurses were Nightingale Award winners and were honored by Oakland University's School of Nursing and Board of Visitors at the 23rd Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing ceremony.
"Nurses are the heart and soul of our organization," says Gene Michalski, president and CEO, Beaumont Hospitals. "They are key to quality patient care and to a caring, compassionate patient experience. We are honored that so many of our nurses were recognized or nominated for Nightingale awards this year. It is well deserved recognition for our outstanding Beaumont nurses."
The Oakland University School of Nursing strives to recognize and honor the compassion, knowledge, and initiative of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing. Awards are given based on nurses' achievements and community and professional involvement. Leadership, quality of care given, innovative practices, and advances in research are also valued in the selection processes. The nine categories include: Administration, Advanced Nurse Practice, Education/Research, Long Term Care/Rehabilitation, Nursing in the Community, OU Distinguished Alumni, Staff Practice (2) and the People's Choice Award.
The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence continues to gain notoriety and participation across our region. Nominations in the early years were limited to Southeast Michigan but now are received from agencies across Michigan, as far north as Sault Ste. Marie and from Ontario, Canada. These are the only statewide awards for nursing in Michigan and have run consecutively since 1989.