Leadership in Nursing Awards | Mount St. Joseph University

The Mount's Leadership in Nursing Awards Program celebrates 23 years of recognizing outstanding nursing leaders.

Leadership in Nursing Awards Program nomination is closed.

Mount St. Joseph University, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, has provided quality nursing education for over nine decades. The Mount’s rich heritage in educating and fostering the development of nursing leaders gives evidence of its continuing commitment to prepare women and men for leadership roles in nursing. 

In an effort to recognize these outstanding nursing leaders, the Mount has established the annual Leadership in Nursing Awards.Throughout your career, you have encountered leaders in the field whose hard work and vision merit recognition. Leadership in Nursing Awards Program nomination is now closed.

Please join us in honoring the leaders of the nursing profession. We hope to see you at the event on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:30 p.m., Drees Pavilion in Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky.


To be considered, nominations must include the following: 

  • A completed nomination form
  • A nomination narrative typed or printed legibly, 2 pages (500 words or 3000 characters)
  • A current curriculum vita of the nominee

Award Categories

An individual may be nominated for one of the following categories:

  • Distinguished Nurse Administrator
  • Distinguished Nurse Educator
  • Distinguished Nurse Researcher
  • Lifetime Achievement in Nursing
  • Alumni Nurse Leader


To be eligible, the nominee must:

  • Have a history of enhancing the image of professional nursing, providing service with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of others, and promoting the scholarly activities and professional development of self and others.
  • Be available to receive the award the evening of the event.


Nominations for the Leadership in Nursing Awards must be submitted or postmarked no later than Friday, June 29, 2018.


A selection committee will conduct a blind review of all nominations received.  Nominations will be rated in categories based on the criteria. All nominees will be notified of the outcome.

Awards Presentation

The winners of the awards will be honored and receive a specially designed crystal etching at the Leadership in Nursing Awards event. Names of the winners will also be engraved on a permanent plaque displayed at Mount St. Joseph University. The winners must be present at the event to receive their award.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Drees Pavilion in Devou Park
Covington, Kentucky
Social begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
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Criteria for Awards

The Leadership in Nursing Awards are based on the premise that a nurse leader enhances the self image of professional nursing, has a positive value orientation and promotes the professional development of self and others as evidenced by maintaining competence in nursing and responding to challenges with innovative approaches.

Leadership can be measured in many different ways. The following criteria are to be used in determining award recipients.

Distinguished Nurse Administrator

To nominate a nurse for the Distinguished Nurse Administrator award, please fill out our online form.

The recipient of the Distinguished Nurse Administrator Award is recognized for outstanding leadership and management skills within the field of nursing administration, has a minimum of a BSN and is presently employed in the field of nursing administration.

  • Promotes a positive work place through collaboration, respect and support of colleagues.
  • Assists colleagues to grow professionally and personally within the profession.
  • Considers the welfare of clients, colleagues and the organization in matters affecting employment and practice.
  • Effectively maintains delivery of quality nursing care through proactive responses in the management of health care delivery.

Distinguished Nurse Educator

To nominate a nurse for the Distinguished Nurse Educator award, please fill out our online form.

The recipient of the Distinguished Nurse Educator Award is recognized for commitment to the advancement of nursing knowledge, is presently employed in a nurse educator position and holds a master’s or doctoral degree.

  • Advances nursing knowledge through research, publications and/or presentations.
  • Employs creative and innovative teaching strategies, responding to the needs of a diverse learner population and promoting high levels of competence.
  • Collaborates with clients and health care professionals to enhance wellness.
  • Demonstrates commitment to community service through active involvement.

Distinguished Nurse Researcher

To nominate a nurse for the Distinguished Nurse Researcher award, please fill out our online form.

The recipient of the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award is recognized for recent significant research activities which have positively affected nursing practice.  To be eligible for the award, nominees must demonstrate at least two of the following:

-Evidence of significant contribution to the evidenced-base nursing practice
-Encourages the development and effective use of nursing research among practicing clinicians
-Disseminates research results through presentations and/or publications
-Received funded support from local, regional, and national agencies

Lifetime Achievement in Nursing

To nominate a nurse for the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing award, please fill out our online form.

The Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award recognizes a nurse leader whose career has significantly affected nursing, health care and the community, who has a BSN or equivalent and has practiced nursing for 25 years or more.

  • Has demonstrated a proactive response to health care needs.
  • Has demonstrated resourcefulness and creative approaches to implement change.
  • Has demonstrated significant achievement in improving nursing and health care.

Alumni Nurse Leader

To nominate a nurse for the Alumni Nurse Leader award, please fill out our online form.

The Alumni Nurse Leader Award recognizes an alum who earned a nursing degree at Mount St. Joseph University a minimum of five years ago.  The nominee is a leader within health care.  

  • Has contributed to promoting a positive image of the nursing profession.
  • Has upheld the values of compassion, caring, and human dignity.
  • Has demonstrated significant achievement in improving nursing and health care.

View past award recipients.