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Nursing Distinction Awards

Steve Weagle of WPTV from the 2010 Nursing Awards event

Steve Weagle of WPTV from the 2010 Nursing Awards event
at the Breakers.

Palm Healthcare Foundation and
The Palm Beach Post
Call for 9th Annual Nursing Distinction Nominations

Deadline for nominations February 1; Nurse of the Year Wins $1,000

Nursing Distinction Awards
will be presented at
The Breakers Palm Beach
 on May 6, 2011

West Palm Beach – They are mentors, leaders, innovators, teachers and the next generation, and now is the time to recognize them.


The Palm Healthcare Foundation and The Palm Beach Post welcome anyone who has been inspired by a nurse to nominate him or her for the 9th Annual Nursing Distinction Awards.


Created to honor nurses whose professional contributions have made an impact in Palm Beach County, the Nursing Distinction Awards recognize Registered Nurses (which include Advanced Practice Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Midwifes, Certified Nurse Specialists, and Nurse Practitioners), Licensed Practical Nurses, Nursing Students, and Certified Nursing Assistants working in a Palm Beach County healthcare setting.


The nomination deadline is February 1, 2011 with no exceptions. All finalists will be notified in advance and interviewed on March 19, 2011. To complete a nomination, visit Nursing Distinction awards will be presented at The Breakers Palm Beach on May 6, 2011 in a gala-style ceremony.


Palm Healthcare Foundation and The Palm Beach Post’s 2011 Nurse of the Year Grand Prizes are $1,000 and a Spa Week-End at The Breakers. The recipient of this award is selected by the nominating committee from already distinguished RN winners in one of the categories.


The Nursing Award nominees consistently display dedication to excellence in an area of expertise through commitment to the profession and the promotion of a sense of community and collegiality.  He/she seeks ways to improve the quality of healthcare and discover creative ways to assist those in need in a compassionate and caring manner.  Special consideration will be given to those who inspire others to pursue a nursing career and make tangible contributions to the health and well-being of the residents of Palm Beach County.


Last year, a committee of 30 selected the eight honorees from nearly 200 nominations submitted by healthcare professionals and patients/families. The 2011 award categories are:


Leadership Award – Awarded to a Registered Nurse working full-time in administration, management, or higher education in Palm Beach County. Nominees exemplify the true meaning of a leader. The award is based on academic, professional, and community service accomplishments. 


Registered Nurse (RN) of the Year – Awarded to a Registered Nurse working full-time in Palm Beach County.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) of the Year – Awarded to a Licensed Practical Nurse working full-time in Palm Beach County.

Educator of the Year – Awarded to a Registered Nurse working as a nurse educator in an academic or healthcare setting in Palm Beach County.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year – Awarded to an individual working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Palm Beach County.

Extra Mile Award – Awarded to a nurse who goes above and beyond to foster professional growth in others and/or serve the community (e.g. mentors, preceptors, volunteers) or a nurse who has a compassionate story on how he/she made a profound impact in a patient's life or community.


Nursing Student of the Year – Awarded to a nursing student enrolled in a RN or LPN program in Palm Beach County.

Hands and Heart Award – Awarded to a nurse nominated by patients and/or their family caregivers for exemplary service. The Hands and Heart Award nomination can be obtained by visiting; emailing a request to Alex Gore at; or by calling 561.833.6333 to request a form. 


Major sponsors for the 2011 Nursing Distinction Awards are Tenet South Florida Hospitals, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and The Palm Beach Post.


About Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.:
Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 2001 as an independent community healthcare foundation. Believing that “Together We Can Do More,” the foundation’s mission is to transform healthcare challenges by bringing together the talents and resources of the community to create innovative solutions that deliver high-impact results. The Foundation’s funding priorities are designed to empower non-profit healthcare organizations and healthcare professionals to create programs and services that improve the quality of life for Palm Beach County’s underserved citizens.  Since 2001, the Foundation has distributed nearly $40 million to over 90 non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County.  To learn more about Palm Healthcare Foundation, please visit




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