NURSING EXCELLENCE Giving Excellence Meaning
Midwest Winners Winner profi les by Donna Novak, DNP, RN, CRNP • Photos by Tricia Koning Photography
takes pride in recognizing the accomplishments of nurses from coast to coast at annual GEM Awards dinners held in four cities across the U.S.
At each event, regional nurse fi nalists are honored; a Rising Star award is presented to a nurse in the early years of practice; and a regional winner from each of fi ve GEM categories is announced and moves on to compete in the program’s national phase.
“Our GEM program continues to give excellence meaning by publicly recognizing some of the best of the best in our profession,” said Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Nurse.com
. “Nominated, selected and celebrated by nurses, our nurse honorees epitomize professional excellence. We are privileged to award and celebrate them for their many contributions to nursing and healthcare.”
This year’s Midwest GEM program took place Sept. 30 at the Chicago Renaissance Downtown.
is pleased to introduce the 2016 Nurse.com
GEM Awards regional winners and rising star from the Midwest region.
HOW ARE WINNERS CHOSEN? 1 Nominate
Nurses submit nominations on RNs and their roles and accomplishments, including examples that demonstrate excellence in the category nominated.
2 Select Nominations are blinded and sent to a panel of judges
comprised of nurse leaders. Each regional winner is determined by the ratings of those blinded nominations.
3 Honor A regional winner in each of the categories is announced
and honored at the GEM event and moves on to the national phase of the GEM Awards program.
4 National Phase Later in the year, Nurse.com
names a national winner
in each category. You can read about the winners on Nurse.com/Blog
and at Nurse.com/GEM
5 Rising Star Award Nurse.com
presents a Rising Star Award at each GEM
event to an RN who has been working in nursing for fi ve years or less. He or she demonstrates strong nursing knowledge and clinical leadership skill and exceeds role expectations in patient care and professional endeavors.
WATCH VIDEOS ON GEM EVENTS AT Nurse.com/GEM
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