National Association of Neonatal Nurses logo.

Leadership Award

The recipient of the Leadership Award has an outstanding teaching ability, is able to mobilize and unify others for the improvement of neonatal care, and has a vision for the future practice of neonatal nursing. The 2020 application will open in March.

Candidates will be able to meet the following criteria:

• Promote a learning environment through teaching, training, and coaching
• Mobilize and unify others in causes for the improvement of neonatal care
• Create a vision and inspire others by that vision
• Proactively drive improvements
• Facilitate and promote team building, staff growth, and development
• Work collaboratively and empowers others

Nomination Selection Process:

NANN members can nominate a peer or self-nominate themselves for the Leadership Award. Nominations must include one letter of recommendation and a CV. Submitted applications are shared with the Awards Committee. Committee members review and score the applicants based on their ability to meet the award's criteria.

Recognition and Reimbursement:

The awardee will receive complimentary conference registration and travel. Additionally, they will be granted a $500 stipend, $250 honorarium, and trophy at NANN's Annual Conference.

Past Recipients:

Hart Headshot

2019 - Jennifer Hart, MSN RNC-NIC CBC NEA-BC

2018 - Erin L. Keels, DNP APRN-CNP NNP-BC
2017 - Jill Bauer, MA RNC
2015 - Judy Vitali, BSN RNC-NIC CIME CPFI CHBE
2014 - Kirtley Ceballos, MSN RNC PCNS-BC CLC
2013 - Carla Rider, MBA BSN RNC-LRN
2012 - Catherine Witt, PhDc NNP-BC
2011 - Suzanne McCoy, MS RN NNP-BC NE-BC
2010 - Shakira Henderson, MS BSN RN MPH CLC
2009 - Mary Ellen Honeyfield, MS RNC NNP
2008 - Melissa White, MS RN APN/NNP-BC
2007 - Christine Retta, RNC MSN CNS NNP
2006 - Terry S. Johnson, MN RNC ARNP
2005 - Linda Juretschke, MSN RNC APN/NNP
2004 - Phyllis Lawlor-Klean, MS RNC APN CNS
2002 - Nancy Burke, MSN RNC ARNP
2001 - Susan Furdon, MS RNC NNP
2000 - Denise Kirsten, ND RNC NNP
1999 - Karin Gracey, MSN RNC NNP
1998 - Martina Mayrand Leclerc, MHA RN
1997 - Donna Buchanan, MS APRN NNP
1996 - Mary Mason Wyckoff, MSN APRN
1995 - Cathy Theorell, MSN RNC NNP
1994 - Cheryl Liljeblad, MSN RNC NNP
1993 - Linda Grossglauser, BSN RNC NNP
1992 - Kimberly Horns, MSN RN NNP
1991 - Carol Turnage, MSN RN