NAHC and its Affiliate HHNA Seek Additional Nominees for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) continue to seek nominees for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award. The award is part of the Nurse Recognition Program, which honors home care and hospice nurses from across the country.
Many states have not yet nominated nurses. Member agencies of NAHC can nominate nurses for the state in which their agency office is located by filling out a simple form located here.
Nominees should be registered nurses who are currently employed by a home care or hospice agency with membership is in good standing with NAHC. Nominated nurses should also provide care to the patient described in a required essay and pictured in the entry photo with the nurse. Please provide a high-resolution photo of at least 300dpi at 3 by 5 inches.
“A nation is what it honors, and it is time we celebrated the silent band of heroes who give their all to care for America's sick and dying as if they were extended family,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Nurses truly are angels of mercy. They make the difference between life and death on a daily basis.”
Nurses have faced challenges from new rules and regulations since HHNA joined NAHC in launching the Nurse Recognition Program. Yet nurses continue to give patients their best, and the program pays tribute to their dedication.
Upon receiving the nominations, NAHC and HHNA through the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee will select the top 50 nurses who embody excellence in nursing. As part of NAHC’s efforts to celebrate nurses, NAHC will publish the stories of the top 50 nurses in CARING Online. You can read last year’s article including stories about the top 50 nurses here.
The top 50 nurses will further be considered for NAHC's Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year campaign. NAHC and HHNA will announce the Nurse of the Year at the NAHC annual Meeting & Exposition, which will take place October 28 – October 30, 2015, in Nashville, TN.
“It’s a unique chance to put a face on our industry,” said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, Former Chairman of the NAHC board said in announcing the award at last year’s Annual Meeting. “Our focus is to highlight the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country,” despite the challenges they face.