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NURSING EXCELLENCE Giving Excellence Meaning


SouthWinners Winner profi les by Karen Schmidt, RN


Nurse.com takes pride in recognizing the accomplishments of nurses of excellence from all specialties and practice settings through its GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards program.


In the South and New GEM States region, 30 fi nalists, six in each GEM category, were selected, and one Rising Star, a nurse in the early years of practice, was named.


From among the 30 fi nalists, fi ve regional winners, one from each GEM category, were named and moved on to the national phase of the program.


“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.”


Nurse.com is pleased to introduce the 2016 Nurse.com GEM regional award winners and rising star from the South and New GEM States region.


WATCH VIDEOS ON GEM EVENTS AT Nurse.com/GEM


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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.


12 Visit us at NURSE.com • 2016


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