Nominations Due for Montana Nurses and Champions for Nursing

Due: March 15, 2012 to: Casey Blumenthal at [email protected] or Cynthia Gustafson at [email protected]

The Montana Center to Advance Health through Nursing (MT CAHN) is seeking nominations to honor Montana nurses, Montana nurse champions, and current nursing students who, through their actions and work, demonstrate the ability to lead change and advance the health of Montanans.

In September 2011, the Center was named an official state-based Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing:  Campaign for Action coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Campaign for Action endeavors to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities to shape that care. Action Coalitions work with the national campaign to implement the recommendations of the 2010 landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Leading Change -Advancing Health Awards

Who is eligible to be nominated?

There are three categories of nominations:

Nurses: Any nurse, RN or LPN, who is held in high regard for providing exceptional nursing care and leadership which has made a difference for the health care of a Montana citizen or citizen(s). There are no restrictions on the type of nursing care provided-from direct patient care; to care provided for families, groups of patients, or communities; or to nurses who do not give direct care-the award is for those who make a difference in the health of Montanans through nursing practice.

Nursing Students: Any nursing student currently enrolled in a nursing program in Montana is eligible. The nursing student nominees, by their actions as students, should demonstrate outstanding potential which will translate into excellence in nursing care and significantly contribute to the future of nursing care in Montana.

Nurse Champions: A citizen of Montana who is not a nurse, or a non-nursing organization that has contributed significantly to supporting nurses in providing effective, high-quality health care which has made a difference in the lives of Montanans. MT CAHN believes it is especially important that nurses seek collaborative partnerships with patients, the public, health care professionals and others to provide excellence in care. Nurse champions are those who have been instrumental in supporting nurses in providing a collaborative approach to health care.

Evening of Celebration

A gala celebration to launch the Center and honor these nurses, nursing students and champions of nursing will take place on Friday evening, April 13, 2012 at the Museum of the Rockies on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. The honorees chosen for the awards will be funded to travel to Bozeman for the award presentations. Sue Hassmiller PhD, RN, RWJF Senior Advisor for Nursing, will present the awards.

Submit an email Nomination by March 15, 2012: submit to: [email protected] or [email protected]

Any Montanan can submit a nomination for these awards. A complete nomination submission will include the following:

  1. Nominee’s complete contact information
  2. Complete contact information from the person submitting the nomination
  3. A one-page summary of what the nominee has done to demonstrate the ability to lead change and advance the health of Montana citizens. This one-page summary should be a convincing description of the actions and work by the nominee that deserves this outstanding recognition.

More information on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action can be found at this website:

For more information about the MTCAHN or this call for nominations, contact [email protected] or [email protected] or any of the following steering committee members.

MT CAHN Steering Committee:

  • Casey Blumenthal – MHA…An Association of Montana Health Care Providers
  • Lu Byrd – Billings Clinic
  • Lori Chovanak – Montana Nurses Association
  • Cynthia Gustafson – Montana Board of Nursing
  • Kristin Juliar – MSU Office of Rural Health/AHEC
  • Karla Lund – Miles Community College
  • Dawn Lynch – Clark Fork Valley Hospital
  • Helen Melland – MSU, College of Nursing
  • Christina Sieloff – MSU, College of Nursing

Additional Event Planning Members:

  • Jennifer Elison – Carroll College
  • Anne LaMere – MSU, College of Nursing
  • Kim Powell – Past President, Montana Nurses Association
  • Susan Raph – MSU, College of Nursing
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