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CCN Awards

Academic Citizenship Award

Citizenship is an essential part of the faculty/staff role at the Capstone College of Nursing. This award recognizes and honors faculty/staff that have demonstrated behaviors of exceptional citizenship in any one of the three major areas of citizenship.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Board of Visitors Excellence in Teaching Award

Recognizes exemplary faculty members who by action or idea contribute to UA’s mission of teaching, research and service and who, at all levels, have performed in an exemplary manner, above and beyond their normal duties, to further the mission of The University of Alabama. The award is based on the faculty members’ impact on students through the teaching and learning process.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and $500

Board of Visitors “Rising Star” Award

Recognizes exemplary faculty members new to the Capstone who by action or idea contribute to UA’s mission of teaching, research and service and who, at all levels, have performed in an exemplary manner, above and beyond their normal duties, to further the mission of The University of Alabama. The award is based on the faculty members’ impact on students through the teaching and learning process.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty who have taught at CCN 5 or less years
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty, Students and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Certificate or other memento and $250

CCN Distinguished Alumni Award

The Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association has established The Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize a distinguished CCN graduate who has demonstrated continuous and exemplary contributions to the profession of nursing and/or healthcare. The nominee must be committed to the key values of CCN: education, scholarship, and service.

Who is eligible: All CCN alumni
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Feature in CCN’s annual publication, Capsule, and Engraved memento

CCN Innovation Award

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty and staff who demonstrate innovation in the use of technology to promote the mission and vision of Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and $200

Clinical Partnership Award: Graduate

This award recognizes and honors clinical agencies or nursing units or departments that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting quality and safety in healthcare, promoting a positive workplace environment when working with nursing students, and promoting professional nursing and the Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: Clinical agencies, nursing units, or departments
Who may nominate: CCN Nursing Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and recognition at August graduation reception

Clinical Partnership Award: Undergraduate

This award recognizes and honors clinical agencies or nursing units or departments that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting quality and safety in healthcare, promoting a positive workplace environment when working with nursing students, and promoting professional nursing and the Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: Clinical agencies, nursing units, or departments
Who may nominate: CCN Nursing Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Earnestine Tucker Opening Doors Inclusion & Engagement Award

The Opening Doors Inclusion and Engagement award, established in 2013 to commemorate the “50th Anniversary of Through the Doors…”, recognizes an individual who has opened doors in healthcare for others. This person may have served as a mentor, visionary and/or pioneer. The recipient will have exhibited evidence of efforts to engage in activities that provide for inclusion of diverse populations in quality healthcare delivery. This policy provides the criteria and procedure for selection of the recipient.

Who is eligible: Any CCN student, faculty, staff, alumni or stakeholder
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Janet Awtrey Award

This award was conceived by former CCN Dean, Dr. Janet S. Awtrey who wanted to recognize nurse leaders in clinical practice who exemplify stellar professionalism and leadership for their contributions made specifically to the Capstone College of Nursing and to the nursing profession.

Who is eligible: Clinical nurse administrators or leaders
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition at annual college assembly

Outstanding Faculty Practice Award

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious faculty practice achievements.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty actively engaged in an established faculty practice
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Recognition at Faculty Organization meeting

Outstanding Preceptor: Graduate

The Outstanding Preceptor Award recognizes registered nurse clinical preceptors (not employed by the College of Nursing) who volunteer their time and expertise to make significant contributions to the clinical education of CCN graduate students.

Who is eligible: Registered Nurse Clinical Preceptors
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and recognition at August graduation reception

Outstanding Preceptor: Undergraduate

The Outstanding Preceptor Award recognizes registered nurse clinical preceptors (not employed by the College of Nursing) who volunteer their time and expertise to make significant contributions to the clinical education of CCN undergraduate students.

Who is eligible: Registered Nurse Clinical Preceptors
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Outstanding Scholarship Award: Non-Tenured

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious scholarly productivity.

Who is eligible: CCN Non-Tenured Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Outstanding Scholarship Award: Tenured

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious scholarly productivity.

Who is eligible: CCN Tenured Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Prevost Positive Impact Award

Conceived by CCN Dean, Dr. Suzanne Prevost, we seek nominations, for faculty members and staff members, who contributed to creating a positive work environment, through joyfulness, gratitude, and helpfulness to coworkers and/or students. A faculty member AND a staff member may receive the award each year.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty, Staff, or Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $500

Recruitment Ambassador

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Alabama League For Nursing

Alabama League for Nursing

Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award
Recognizes individuals for their exemplary contributions to the nursing profession
Who are eligible: Faculty, Staff, Students
Who may nominate: Faculty
Due Date: February
Award: Plaque, a lamplighter pin, and 2 dinners

Alabama League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes educators for the development and implementation of innovative teaching strategies employed in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on projects using outcome measures and other therapeutic nursing interventions.
Who are eligible: Faculty
Who may nominate: Faculty or self-nominated
Due Date: February
Award: $500

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Innovations in Professional Nursing Education
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards will be given annually in four institutional categories: Small School, Academic Health Center (AHC), Private School without an AHC, Public School without an AHC.
Who are eligible: Member Schools
Who may nominate: Member Schools
Due Date: June 3
Award: $1000

Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award
To recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.
Who are eligible: Student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program
Who may nominate: Dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, capstone project advisor
Due Date: August 26th
Award: “Symbol” of appreciation and a $1,000

Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award
To recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.
Who are eligible: Student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
Who may nominate: Dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, capstone project advisor
Due Date: August 26th
Award: “Symbol” of appreciation and a $1,000

The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Student or faculty member
Due Date: June 3
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty teaching in clinical settings.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Student or faculty member
Due Date: June 1
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
The purpose of the AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award is to recognize a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Dean/Program Director, a peer faculty member, or a student
Due Date: June 3
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACLS)

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

Eligibility for Awards: Members of the INACLS

Due Date for Award Nominations: April

Academic Excellence Award
The award is presented to an INACSL member who demonstrates advancing academic excellence in the field of healthcare simulation and clinical laboratories. Selection Criteria:

  • Employs Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM in teaching and learning.
    • Demonstrates flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm for, and innovation in simulation instructional design and delivery.
    • Demonstrates a sustained record of teaching excellence in academic or other educational professional practice settings.
    • Practices teaching excellence through the use of evidence-based and evidence- informed planning, delivery, and evaluation of simulation-based learning endeavors.
  • Embodies the professional values of a healthcare professional and educator and is held in high regard by students and colleagues.
    • Engages in knowledge translation, including the dissemination of simulation-based education through peer-reviewed publication, conference presentations, poster presentations, and other modes of dissemination.
    • Delivers educational offerings that are validated by evidence of positive outcomes for students, educators and peers.

Best Practice Innovator Excellence Award
This award honors a member of INACSL in the academic or the practice setting that goes above and beyond the ordinary, to demonstrate extraordinary commitment and the use of innovative approaches to the expansion, promotion, dissemination, and/or utilization of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM. This individual demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in some or all of the following areas:

  • Demonstrates leadership and advocacy for the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM by:
    • Collaborating and networking with simulation groups (intra/interdisciplinary) at the local, regional, national, or international level
    • Fostering an understanding of the need for Standards of Best Practice with stakeholder groups through contributions at civic, legislative, or professional association levels
  • Advances the continued evolution and/or interpretation of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM by:
    • Interpreting Standards of Best Practice: Professional Development for peers and/or public, reviews, and/or analyzing standards of practice in a variety of settings
    • Advises on Standards of Best Practice
    • Collaborating to develop or update the Simulation Standards
    • Engaging researchers, clinicians, and educators in the utilization of the Simulation Standards
  • Expands understanding the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM to increase the quality and quantity of the Standards in healthcare by:
    • Assisting other nurses or healthcare professionals to acquire knowledge of evidence-based Simulation Standards
    • Mentoring others to interpret and apply Simulation Standards
    • Creating materials that promote knowledge translation of Standards of Best Practice
    • Promoting evaluation of various aspects of simulation programs against the healthcare Standards of Best Practice
    • Presenting workshops/seminars on the new Standards related to simulation for stakeholder groups and other disciplines
  • Engage in intentional and explicit utilization of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM to advance nursing/healthcare practice (e.g. Quality Care Improvement, Person/Family Centered Care/ Patient Safety, Interprofessional Education) through:
    • Application of the Standards of Best Practice to the professional realm that impacts positive outcomes
    • Employing the Standards to improve patient care
    • Implementation of the Standards in a defined area of nursing/healthcare practice

Diversity, Inclusivity, & Equity in Simulation Leadership Excellence Award
This award is given to a visionary and inspiring healthcare leader in the INACSL simulation practice community who is an exemplary role model dedicated to diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity in simulation practices. Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates impact regarding diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity in healthcare simulation in local, regional, national, or international environments:
    • Fosters environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion.
    • Supports diversity and the culture of inclusion in day-to-day life.
    • Role models inclusivity and equity.
    • Demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills and cultural humility.
  • Participates in the development of nurse leaders by encouraging diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity:
    • Mentors and coaches others to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion in all simulation-based activities.
    • Supports the diverse needs of learners.
    • Facilitates professional socialization to integrate diversity and inclusion.
    • Promotes scholarly endeavors that stimulate and foster the development of cultural humility and cultural competence in others within the simulation practice community.

Frontline Simulation Champion Excellence Award
This award acknowledges a hard-working individual, and/or team who demonstrates exceptional dedication in the day-to-day implementation of simulation, going beyond the ordinary dedication to excellence in the delivery of simulation-based learning in academic, healthcare institution, or community settings. Frontline Champion(s) have a proven track record for excellence through:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to excellence to optimize simulation-based activities and produce positive outcomes, for example:
    • Dedication
    • Innovation
    • Creativity
    • Collaboration
  • Displaying exceptional contributions toward the successful implementation in the day-to-day delivery of simulation programs, for example:
    • Problem solver
    • Realism
    • Dependability
    • Information technology/digital audio/visual

Research Excellence Award
This award is given to an INACSL member or group of which one individual is an INACSL member, whose endeavors in simulation research has resulted in either the generation of new knowledge or the facilitation of research efforts by others. This research has yielded a significant and unrecognizable benefit to nursing and/or non-nursing simulation communities. Selection Criteria:

Generation of New Knowledge in Simulation

  • The research, or program of research conducted by an individual or a group is recognized for its:
    • Seminal or significant work (theory generation)
    • Scientific merit
    • Synthesis of existing research
    • Significant benefit(s) for simulation in nursing/ non-nursing communities
  • Dissemination of the research is communicated using multimodal communication approaches to promote and increase accessibility and usability of the findings:
    • Peer reviewed publication(s)
    • Written scholarly works (books/chapters/government publications)
    • Peer-reviewed conference presentations/poster presentations

Facilitating Research in Simulation

  • This individual or group facilitates the research efforts of others by:
    • Mentoring others in the process of healthcare simulation research (either the study of simulation itself or using simulation to study another phenomenon)
    • Establishing/chairing research committees
    • Promoting and facilitating applications for research grants
    • Collaborating to offer research conferences/workshops
    • Serving as editor for peer-reviewed journal submissions
    • Serving on advisory/editorial panels of research journals
    • Participating in review of research proposals (local, state, national or global)
    • Supporting the dissemination of others’ research through multimodal communication methods

Service Excellence Award

This award is given to an individual, group, or organization/company that has donated their time, talent, and/or resources to INACSL to advance the field of simulation. Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee(s) exemplifies exceptional service resulting in a significant and positive contribution to INACSL in one or more of the following ways:
    • Actively seeks to foster the organization’s goals
    • Demonstrates professional responsibility to INACSL
    • Actively volunteers where there is a need
    • Exhibits outstanding leadership within the organization by serving on committees or ad hoc groups or task forces
    • Enhances existing INACSL programs or services
    • Builds community
  • The nominee(s) promotes community within the INACSL organization and throughout the field of simulation locally, nationally, and internationally:
    • Mentors others
    • Promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity
    • Actively promotes the involvement of members in the organization
    • Creates innovative and new projects, products, or member opportunities

Spirit of Simulation Leadership Excellence Award

This award is given to a visionary and inspiring leader in the INACSL simulation practice community who exemplifies the characteristics of a transformational leader. This award is open to those in academia and in the healthcare clinical setting. This individual is one who has a proven track record to:

  • Inspire, create and lead a vision for simulation in local, regional, national, or international environments.
    • Recognized as a leader in the simulation practice community and beyond
    • Appointed/elected to national and/or international task forces, commissions, councils, and/or committees
    • Involved in other significant leadership endeavors such as, service in a legislative, professional and/or community capacity
  • Participate in the development of leaders and encourage new leadership in simulation.
    • Promotes sense of worth and empowerment in others
    • Demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills
    • Facilitates professional socialization at all levels within the simulation practice community
  • Mentor, guide, and teach others as leaders by creating conditions that foster growth and transformation in others.
    • Nurtures an environment that encourages active listening
    • Establishes a rich, trusting relationship with the mentee
    • Promotes scholarly endeavors that stimulate and foster professional personal growth and leadership development in others within the simulation practice community

National League for Nursing

National League for Nursing

Eligibility for Awards: Members of the NLN

Due Date for Award Nominations: May

  • NLN Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education
    To recognize contributions of nurse educator who:
    • Demonstrates outstanding teaching
    • Contributes as a leader in nursing education
    • Encourages creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds
    • Mentors and serves as role model for junior faculty.
    • Publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge or provides support for educational levels where they are engaged
  • NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice
    To recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual who:
    • Inspires passion for clinical nursing
    • Promotes evidence-based practice by building practice-education partnerships
    • Encourages clinical expertise and inter-professional practice
    • Challenges students to expand their clinical knowledge base in innovative ways
    • Conducts scholarly research to assess learning outcomes that improve patient care
    • Fosters development of clinical reasoning in the culture of patient care
  • NLN Humanitarian Award
    To recognize an Individual who improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts, and who:
    • Meets the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession in keeping with the NLN core values of caring, integrity, diversity & inclusion, and excellence
    • Enhances the lives of people through unselfish dedication to humanity
    • Cares for others above and beyond their roles regardless of personal risk or compensation
    • Embodies common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, and compassion
    • Respects and embraces human diversity


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