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Excellence in Nurse Leadership Awards

The Excellence in Nurse Leadership Awards acknowledges UI Health nursing staff nominated by their peers for excellence in leadership, mentoring, professional practice, scholarship, and quality.   

Leadership/ Mentoring/ Exemplary Professional

Extraordinary Patient Care: Leader

  • Is a competent and accountable clinical practitioner
  • Empowers care providers by advocating and removing barriers
  • Is visible, accessible and responsive to staff, patients and families
  • Initiates direct respectful communication across the organization
  • Implements creative and innovative methods of problem solving 

Extraordinary Patient Care: Practice

  • Provides patient and family centered nursing care that is safe and effective
  • Promotes a multi-disciplinary approach in providing patient care
  • Demonstrates critical thinking by anticipating problems and creatively finding solutions to patient problems
  • Serves as a resource or consultant for patient care issues
  • Incorporates teaching in all aspects of practice: with patients, families, peers or other health care providers
  • Takes responsibility and risks to improve service to patients and their families 

Extraordinary Work Performance: Support Staff

  • Promotes patient care by working well within a team
  • Displays excellent customer service skills with patients and families
  • Serves as a resource or consultant to other staff and students within scope of care
  • Takes responsibility for own actions and is accountable to team leader
  • Communicates with team, patient and families in a timely and therapeutic manner
  • Supports nursing initiatives and encourages others to do the same
  • Influences others by displaying a positive attitude and treating all with respect and dignity

Influence on other Staff: Leader

  • Serves as mentor and role model for nursing
  • Holds self and staff accountable for outcomes
  • Provides resources and tools for staff to deliver the best possible patient care
  • Models behaviors, articulates and promotes patient and family- centered care in unit/department 

Influence on Other Staff: Practice

  • Leads ,works well and supports collaboration within patient care teams
  • Serves as a mentor or preceptor to new hires, staff and students
  • Respects and values the work of team members by recognizing co- workers who provide exceptional patient care
  • Influences others by displaying a positive attitude
  • Encourages and values continuing education and life-long learning 

Scholarship/Quality

Professional: Leader

  • Currently holds or is pursuing nursing certification in clinical specialty and/or advanced nursing degree
  • Contributes to the nursing profession-at-large by membership/participation in professional nursing organizations, publishing, and/or presenting quality, evidence-based practice or research activities.
  • Initiates, encourages and participates in nursing research.
  • Demonstrates fiscal accountability by maintaining budget and/or justifies variances
  • Takes responsibility and risks to improve service to patients/families 

Professional: Practice

  • Currently holds or is pursuing nursing certification in clinical specialty and/or advanced nursing degree
  • Demonstrates a strong spirit of inquiry and promotes evidence based nursing practice, quality outcomes and/or nursing research
  • Presents health education programs at work and in the community
  • Participates in decision-making at unit, division or house wide level 

Builds Community

Integrity: Leader

  • Contributes to the improvement of UI-Health and the community at large; includes outside volunteer activities
  • Leads the way; lives the nursing vision and Code of Conduct daily
  • Recognizes and rewards exceptional care of patients, families, and staff
  • Inspires and encourages staff to learn and develop. Serves as a coach and mentor

Integrity: Practice

  • Contributes to the improvement of UI-Health and the community at large; includes outside volunteer activities
  • Inspires co-workers to provide patient and family centered
  • Care through modeling
  • Leads the way; lives the nursing vision and Code of Conduct daily