NAHC and HHNA Announce Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
Voting Through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse
July 17, 2014 09:15 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2014)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) recently announced the top 10 finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to visit NAHC’s website and vote for this year’s winner. The 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 19 - 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
When the meetings convenes, the top nurse and nine final contenders will come before NAHC members and get the recognition they deserve. “It is most appropriate that we make the effort to identify and celebrate the best among us, the nurses who distinguish themselves by the size of their hearts, by their professionalism, and by their work ethic,” said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, chairman of the NAHC board of directors. “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,” she explained. “And it’s time for the public to honor nurses and thank them for all they contribute,” added Elaine D. Stephens, RN, NAHC executive VP and current chairman of HHNA. “This is our chance to remind everyone how hard it is for nurses to do their vital work while facing senseless cutes in reimbursement.”
Nurses have also faced challenges from new rules and regulations since HHNA joined NAHC in launching the Nurse Recognition Program. Yet they have continued to give patients their best, and the program pays tribute to their dedication. Now in its third year, the Nurse Recognition Program identifies the top home care and hospice nurses in the nation. This year, as always, the competition was fierce because HHNA received numerous nominations for nurses who provide exceptional care, reduce hospital readmissions, and make a difference in patients’ lives.
An expert committee chose 50 state winners, and narrowed them down to 10 top contenders, based on an essay about each nurse and thoughtful evaluation of their credentials. These 50 state nurses are featured in CARING online and will be invited to the NAHC Annual Meeting. Their registration fees will be waived, and they will be honored at a reception. The top 10 contenders will receive a $70 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products, now marking 70 years in business. The one who is chosen Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will have their travel and hotel expenses paid, and receive a new Apple iPad along with a $140 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products.
The winner will also serve as a symbol of what nurses can do, and we need you to help pick this special nurse. To view the top 10 honorees, click here. Cast your vote for one of these 10 nurses who inspire us by their commitment to patients and love for their work.
“Love is the essence of nursing,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Nurses truly are angels of mercy; they make the difference between life and death on a daily basis.” Millions of patients depend on them today, and they will be even more needed in years to come.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.
The Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is an affiliate national professional nursing organization of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). HHNA originally started in 1993 as a forum for practitioners to discuss the professional, educational and conceptual aspects of home health nurses. NAHC re-launched HHNA in 2011. The HHNA also serves as an advisory resource to NAHC on issues of importance to home care and hospice nurses. To learn more about HHNA, visit http://www.hhna.org/.