MNA Awards

MNA annually recognizes nurses and other health care professionals who stand out in union leadership and their nursing practice.

DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE AWARD
Presented in recognition of significant contributions to diversity within MNA and the health care professions. A candidate must have demonstrated significant contribution toward the:

  • Advancement of opportunities in health care to members of minority groups
  • Inclusion, retention, and advancement of under represented groups in health care professions
  • Advancement of human rights of health care workers and health care recipients

EXCELLENCE IN NURSING PRACTICE AWARD
Presented to members or associate members whose professional practice and achievements exemplify excellence in nursing. A candidate must:

  • Have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in nursing practice
  • Promote effective interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Demonstrate patient advocacy
  • Demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice

LABOR LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Presented to both nurses and non-nurse members of one of MNA’s Local Bargaining Units (LBUs). Nominations are made by fellow bargaining unit members, with no maximum of members awarded. A candidate must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to their health care field through demonstrated commitment to excellence in their individual practice.
  • Actively participates in nursing programs, committees and/or projects that promote the message and mission of the Michigan Nurses Association.
  • They should function as an active leader within the local staff council through past or present elected office and committee participation.

CHERYL L. JOHNSON, RN LABOR LEGACY AWARD
This award will go to a nurse who is a member of one of MNA’s Local Bargaining Units (LBU). Nominations are made by fellow bargaining unit members. A candidate must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to professional nursing via individual practice competency and continuing educational growth.
  • Actively participates in nursing programs, committees and/or projects that promote the message and mission of the Michigan Nurses Association.
  • Function as an active leader within the local staff council through past or present elected office and committee participation.

NURSE HERO AWARD
Presented to a registered nurse in recognition of their heroism (may be a non-member). This award may not always be given each year.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MNA AWARD
Recognizes one member who has made outstanding contributions to the goals and programs of MNA. The candidate must:

  • Have actively participated in MNA for several years at the LBU level
  • Have made significant contributions to the strengthening and/or growth of MNA
  • Demonstrates leadership in the successful resolution of complex or difficult issues faced by MNA

POLITICAL NURSE ACTIVIST AWARD
Presented to a member or associate member who has made significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity. A candidate must have:

  • Promoted the nursing profession in political and health care arenas through demonstrated involvement in the legislative/political activities of MNA
  • Advance the knowledge of nurses, politicians, and policy makers concerning nursing’s contributions to health care
  • Demonstrated leadership at the staff council, state or national levels
  • Promoted the effectiveness of nursing’s role in the provision of health care services
  • Served as a mentor and role model to other nurses in the political process
  • Advance nursing’s legislative agenda through grassroots activity

MICHIGAN NURSES HALL OF FAME
The Michigan Nurses Hall of Fame has been established to recognize nurses, both living and deceased, who have made a lasting contribution to patient care and the nursing profession in Michigan. Individuals, as well as organizations and entities that have contributed and supported nursing in Michigan, may be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nominators should review the Hall of Fame Criteria and submit the Hall of Fame Nomination Form no later than August 1.

Nominate a Nurse in 2017

Each year, deserving nurses and health care professionals can be recognized for their practice and labor involvement with an MNA award. But they can’t be recognized without your help.  To nominate a co-worker for an MNA award, submit complete nomination packet to Carol Feuss. The deadline for award nominations is August 1, 2017.

  • Email
  • Fax  – 517-349-5818
  • Mail – Nominations Committee, Michigan Nurses Association, 2310 Jolly Oak Road, Okemos, MI 48864