Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations to the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. The nomination process is an easy opportunity for healthcare colleagues, patients, friends and family to honor the state’s outstanding nurses.
Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one or more of 14 different categories, including Academic Education, Advocacy for Patients, Clinical Education, Community Service, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Mentoring, Military, Patient Care, Prenatal/Pediatric, Research/Advancing the Profession, Rising Star, Student Nurse and Distinguished Nurse of the Year.
The March of Dimes 8th Annual 2011 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the University of Phoenix, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 that the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. This year’s theme, “Arizona Salutes Nursing,” will pay tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who continue to deliver the highest standard of care to their patients.
In its eighth year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala was established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as support future nurses through scholarship funding. In the past six years, the March of Dimes has presented more than $100,000 in scholarship dollars to nursing colleges at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.
For the fourth year, University of Phoenix, in partnership with the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter, will be offering two full-tuition scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced degrees. One scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing an LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN) and one scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing/Health Care Education (MSN/ED).