Nominate your favorite nurse for Washington Nurses of the Year Awards

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If you have been touched by the work and caring of an exceptional nurse, you are invited to submit a nomination and join the March of Dimes Washington Chapter in recognizing these caregivers whose extraordinary efforts stand out.

The March of Dimes Washington Chapter is celebrating its 13th year in honoring the best and brightest of local nurses for the Washington Nurse of the Year Awards. Nominations for these exceptional nurses will be accepted statewide.

The event, which will be held on Friday, Nov.  13 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center, is presented by Premera Blue Cross. The 2015 Nurse of the Year Event Chair is Peg Currie, regional chief nursing and clinical officer, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC with Providence Health Care.

“I truly believe in the value nursing brings to patient care,” Currie said.  “I consider it an honor to serve in this role, and I am thrilled that the March of Dimes will recognize many of the gifted nurses that contribute tremendously to our community.”

Currie has been involved in nursing leadership activities for more than 20 years.  She has served as a Pro-Tem member for the Washington State Nursing Quality Care Commission, is an adjunct faculty member of the Washington State College of Nursing, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University-Bozeman and later went on to complete her Master of Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Her work on delegation in nursing was published in the Critical Care Nurse Journal.  Additionally, she is an avid supporter of evidence-based practice and clinical-excellence endeavors. Currie has been honored to speak locally and nationally on nursing topics.

Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 9, 2015. Nomination forms can be found online at, or obtained by calling 206-624-1373.

Proceeds from the event will benefit March of Dimes maternal and child health programs. Individual tickets, tables and sponsorships are available through the March of Dimes at 206-624-1373, or online at .  Individual tickets for the event are $150. Table sponsorships are $1,500.

Any registered nurse, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, student nurse, or licensed practical nurse in the state of Washington in good standing with the state’s Nursing Commissioners and residing in Washington for a minimum of one year are eligible to be nominated. Finalists will be recognized at the awards breakfast where the winners will be announced.

Award categories for the 2015 Nurse of the Year program are:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Advocacy for Patients
  • Care/Case Management & Coordination
  • Clinical Care
  • Critical Care
  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year
  • Education
  • Emergency
  • Front Line Leader
  • Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care
  • Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing
  • Legend of Nursing
  • Long Term Acute Care/Long Term Rehab
  • Nursing Administration
  • Pediatric
  • Public Health
  • Rising Star
  • Surgical/Procedural Services
  • Women’s Health



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