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Kansas State Nurses Association

Awards and Recognition

Honorary Recognition

This award may be conferred at any convention of the association on persons who have rendered distinguished services to the nursing profession at the district, state and/or national level. (Refer to KSNA By-Laws, Article XVIII.) Deadline July 31.

Excellence in Continuing Education Award

Criteria: There are two (2) tracts to an achievement of excellence:

Tract I - Professional (RN) nurses who have acquired sixty (60) or more CE hours over a two (2) year period.

Tract II - Professional (RN) nurses who have the minimum thirty (30) hours plus an additional thirty (30) hours in one or more of these areas.

Program presentation = 2 hours for one hour presented (KSBN Criteria)

Publication of an article in a professional journal = 20 hours

Participation in research: Data collection/research assistant = 5 hours;

Secondary Investigator = 15 hours;

Primary Investigator = 30 hours.

Nurse Volunteer Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a nurse who contributes to social or civic organizations that benefit citizens or communities through non-compensated volunteer services.

Media Award

To give recognition to members of the communications media who give accrate portrayals of nursing in Kansas.

Patricia A. Devine Award for Excellence in
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding contribution of one psychiatric/mental health nurse and to call this achievement to the attention of the members of the profession as well as the general public. A plaque is awarded each year at the Kansas State Nurses Association Annual Convention.

Florence J. Nelson Outstanding Nurse Employer Award

To reward those employers who provide a good atmosphere for the practice of nursing. This award is given only when the nominated employer meets the criteria; it will not necessarily be given each year. The KSNA Board of Directors will select the Florence J. Nelson Outstanding Nurse Employer Award based on the criteria below.

Nursing policies and practices are congruent with the ANA Code for Nurses, ANA Standards for Nursing Practice, the Kansas State Nurse Practice Act, the Standards of the voluntary accreditation body appropriate to the Agency, and the requirements of the regulatory body appropriate to the Agency. (These should apply as appropriate to all Agencies.)

  1. Supports nurses’ membership and active participation in the professional organization and their attendance at association meetings. (All Agencies.)
  2. Nursing Administration participates fully by title and actions in top level administrative decision making and with the governing body. (Large Institutions.)
  3. The nurse participates in administrative decisionmaking. (Small/Private Employer.)
  4. Provides the opportunity for the nurse effectively to recommend decisions on nursing care. (All Agencies.)
  5. Ongoing education for nurses is encouraged through promotion strategies, scholarship resources, continuing education, or other equivalent methods in order to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients and requirements of high technologies. (All Agencies.)
  6. The compensation system for nurses recognizes the educational preparation, prior professional experience and level of clinical competence, as well as length of service, commensurate with responsibility. (All Agencies.)
  7. The agency provides for adequate orientation and support during the beginning months of nursing practice, and further gives adequate support to permit the professional practice nurses are educated to give. (All Agencies.)
  8. The agency recognizes that nursing practice is a distinct and separate entity from practices of other health care providers as well as an integral part of health care and promotes a collegial relationship between physicians and nurses. Nurse-to-nurse consultation is encouraged within the outcomes of nursing care. (All Agencies.)
  9. Nurses receive administrative support in the role of patient advocate. (All Agencies.)

Excellence in Writing for Publication Award

  • Award: The award will be presented at the annual convention of the Kansas State Nurses Association. A permanent plaque at the KSNA headquarters will list the winners.
  • Purpose: To encourage scholarly development of manuscripts for submission to the Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) for publication in The Kansas Nurse. Up to two awards may be given annually. One award category is reserved for a clinical topic and the other category is for a non-clinical topic.
  • Eligibility: Open to any nurse who submits a manuscript that has been peer reviewed by members of the KSNA editorial board and accepted for publication in The Kansas Nurse. If there is more than one author listed on a manuscript only the primary author is eligible for this award. Manuscripts must have been published in The Kansas Nurse between June 30 of last year and July 1 of the current year.
  • Submission: Publication of a manuscript in The Kansas Nurse constitutes submission of the article for this award. Authors will be given an opportunity to opt out of submission upon request. If an author has published more than one manuscript in any one year, she or he will be asked to choose only one manuscript for consideration for the award.
    Selection: Members of the KSNA Editorial Board will select authors to receive the Award for Excellence in Writing.
  • Criteria: The manuscript will be judged according to:
    • A clear statement of purpose
    • A summary of the relevant literature
    • Discussion of the problem and its relevance to nursing
    • Writing that is clear, concise, flows well
  • Process: The editor of The Kansas Nurse will coordinate the selection process. The manuscripts will be sorted into the clinical and non-clinical categories and distributed to members of the editorial board for critical analysis using a numerical rating system. One-half the members of the editorial board will judge the clinical category and the other half of the members of the board will judge the non-clinical category.

Nurse of the Year

All award nominations are limited to KSNA members. A permanent plaque in the KSNA headquarters will list the winners.

Nurse of the Year Award—Education

Provide a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
• Uses innovative and creative teaching strategies
• Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of subject area
• Serves as a role model
• Has positive impact on students, staff, and patients.

Nurse of the Year Award—Practice

Provide a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
• Provides innovative and creative nursing care
• Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of practice area
• Serves as a role model
• Has positive impact on patients, peers, and work setting.

Nurse of the Year Award—Advanced Practice

Provide a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
• Provides innovative and creative nursing care
• Demonstrates excellence in knowledge of practice area
• Serves as a role model
• Has positive impact on patients, peers, and work setting.

Nurse of the Year Award—Administration

Provide a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
• Uses innovative and creative management strategies
• Demonstrates excellence in leadership
• Serves as a role model
• Has positive impact on work setting.

Nurse of the Year Award—Research

Provide a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments using the following criteria:
• Demonstrates excellent research capabilities
• Establishes relevance of research to the nursing profession
• Serves as a role model
• Demonstrates positive research impact.

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