Since the early 1900s, the American Nurses Association has presented awards to prominent registered nurses to recognize their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and the field of health care. Provisions have also been made to honor, on special occasions, individuals who are not members of the nursing profession but have made significant contributions to health and/or nursing care.
National Award recipients are those individuals who, through distinguished service to the nursing profession:
- work for the improvement of health standards and the availability of health care services to all people;
- foster high standards of nursing; and/or
- stimulate and promote the professional development of registered nurses and advance their economic and general welfare.