2012 Nursing Excellence Winners: California

In this year (2012), the nursing excellence award took place in various states of the USA and among those one was California, where nurse from all cities of California participated and there were nomination filed. These awards were prepared in order to honor the nurses for providing excellent services in their respective department. These awards are based on following categories, such as: 

  • Life time achievement

  • In patient clinical care

  • Patients and staff management

  • Advancement in the nursing profession

  • Education and training

  • Home and ambulatory care 

In this award ceremony, an individual nurse or a team of nurses can be nominated for the award. The nomination process is open for those nurses who have worked for 5 years or more in any of the health care organizations. The nurses or a team of nurses who have received the award during the past 3 years are not eligible for the nomination process, as this award ceremony is celebrated every year. This year it was held in Hilton Los Angeles/University City on August 24, 2012 (Friday). These award ceremony are also sponsored by various reputed organization as well.

There were a total of 30 finalist nominated for the nursing excellence award. The stage was set up and the evening was hosted by the former vice president and nurse executive Judith G. Berg, RN, MS, FACHE. Out of the 30 selected nominees, 6 excellent nurses was choose for the award. The name of the award along with their details who received the award are as follows: 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Donna Kathryn McNeese-Smith was awarded the lifetime award for providing excellent services to the organization. She was a registered nurse (RN) with Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Former Coordinator Nursing Administrator Graduate Program from School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Advancing and Leading the Profession: Pamela Kahn, a Registered Nurse (RN) was honored with this award. She was BS, MPH, coordinator, from Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, Calif.

  • Clinical Nursing, Inpatient: This award was given to Craig Bosch, who was a RN, MSN, FNP, Clinical Nurse Consultant, from Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, Calif.

  • Education and Mentorship: Anna Gawlinski, RN, DNSc, CNS-BC, FAAN, Director of Research and Evidence-Based Practice from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles was honored with the award.

  • Home, Community and Ambulatory Care: This award was given to Peter Dennehy, who was a RN (registered nurse) from Department of Public Health, San Francisco.

  • Patient and Staff Management: This award was given to Phan Dang, who was a RN, BSN, Education Manager, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

  • Volunteerism and Service: Mary F. Klotzback, a RN, BSN, MSN student, RN Case Manager from John Muir Health, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Campus

Therefore, the scope of nursing is wide spread. There are various nursing jobs that are available in different parts of USA, so it is important that you should be aware about the career prospects of nursing certification in America. So, gather all the information about CNA certification beforehand such as CNA license, course details and other important aspects and then move along the career path.