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APRN Excellence Award

The APRN Excellence Award honors the outstanding contributions made by a advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to the field of neonatal nursing through exemplary practice, leadership, service, and education.

The nomination period for the 2024 Awards is March 25—May 24, 2024.

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Candidates will be able to meet the following criteria:

• Excellence in the practice and art of the APRN.
• Support and development of APRN functionality through role modeling, education, and mentorship.
• Creativity in managing and negotiating the complexity of APRN practice.
• Commitment to advancing the neonatal nursing practice by leadership contributions made at local, state, or national level.

Nomination and Selection Process:

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

Recognition and Reimbursement:

The awardee will receive complimentary conference registration, airfare/ground transportation stipend of $500, housing stipend of $500, and a trophy at NANN's Annual Conference.

2023 Recipient:

2023 - Tracey Bell DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Past Recipients:

2022 - Elizabeth McCutchon, EdD MS APRN NNP-BC
2021 - Michele Kacmarcik Savin, DNP APRN NNP-BC
2020 - Stephanie McGuire, MS APRN NP-BC
2019 - Susan Dell Almarode, DNP APRN NNP-BC
2017 - Linda McCarney, APRN MS NNP-BC
2016 - Susan Reinarz, DNP APRN NNP-BC
2015 - Suzanne Staebler, DNP APRN NNP-BC FAANP
2014 - Cindi Acree, APRN CNS DNP MED NNP-BC
2013 - Pamela Heaberlin, MS NNP-BC
2012 - Terri Russell, DNP APN NNP-BC
2011 - Carol Polinski, MS RN APN NNP-BC
2010 - Kristine Karlsen, PhD NNP-BC
2009 - Patricia J. Johnson, DNP MPH RN NNP
2008 - Laurie Roselli, CRNP BSN MSN