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Since the early days of our company’s founding, has believed in publicly recognizing and celebrating nursing excellence and has made doing so part of our company mission. Now, aſt er nearly three decades, the GEM Awards program is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the nation. The program underscores our belief that excellence exists in all areas of nursing, and we consider it a privilege to give meaning to excellence by publicly acknowledging nurses every chance we get. On the following pages, we proudly introduce our 2016 regional fi nalists, selected by our RN judges from the many nominations we received this year.

GEM Nomination Process

The GEM Awards program is a nurse-led nomination, se- lection and award program. Nominees come from all specialties and practice settings and can be nominated in any of fi ve categories: Ex- cellence in Clinical Nursing; Excellence in Community Care; Excellence in Education and Mentorship; Excellence in Executive Leadership; and Excellence in Management.

Each year, calls upon you, our valued readers, to tell us about the exceptional nurses you work with — nurses you believe deserve to be part of our GEM Awards program. Nurses submit online nominations at detailing the extraordinary contributions their colleagues make to patients and the profession, and nurse leaders act as judges to evaluate and score all nominations received.

GEM Program Phases, Awards

Aſt er this initial judging, fi nalists in each region are named and awards are presented to them at GEM Award events held in four cities across the coun- try in August and September. Regional winners, one in each category, are selected from among the fi nalists and are also announced at these events and featured in the November/December issues of magazines. Regional winners go on to compete in the national phase of the GEM pro- gram. Aſt er a third round of judging from among all the regional winners, fi ve nurses, one in each category, are named national GEM winners. These fi ve will be announced and featured in the fi rst issues of 2017.

The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future

The campaign is a national sponsor of the 2016 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards program. It helps focus attention on the faculty shortage that exists in the nation’s nursing pro- grams through a faculty scholarship fund that helps qualifi ed RNs pursue the advanced edu- cation they need to transition into academia. is proud to support the campaign

by donating $5,000 to the faculty scholarship fund, which is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association.

The donation will be made in the name of the 2016 GEM Award national winner in the Excel- lence in Education and Mentorship category.

National Sponsor

Rising Star Award

A special GEM program award is presented to one RN in each region who has been in practice fewer than fi ve years and who possess- es a strong nursing knowledge base and good clinical skills; shows special characteristics and traits indicative of future leadership strengths; has personal and career goals in place; and demonstrates knowledge of current professional nursing issues.

Rising Star Award winners will be announced in the November/December issues of magazines.

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