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Honor an exemplary school nurse, school nurse administrator or community or business partner. See the award descriptions and requirements below.

School Nurse of the Year

Outstanding Service of a School Nurse

Purpose: To publicly recognize school nurses statewide by annually honoring one school nurse who demonstrates excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health. This nurse will be submitted to represent Missouri in the NASN Excellence in School Nursing: School Nurse of the Year recognition ceremony.

 

Eligibility:

 

  1. Be a registered professional nurse and a member of MASN for at least five years and NASN for the current year and the preceding two years. The preceding two years must be continuous without lapse in membership.
  2. Nominee must have five years experience as a school nurse and be currently employed as a full-time school nurse. If the only school nurse position in a community involves fewer hours than usual, it will be considered full time for the purpose of this eligibility criteria.  More than 50 percent of nominee’s time must be spent in direct care.
  3. Evidence of excellence in school nursing practice must be based on Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice (copyright 2005, National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association). Please refer to NASN Operating Guidelines Criteria for Selection.
  4. Candidates must meet eligibility requirements for NASN Excellence in School Nursing: SNOY to be selected.

Procedure for Submission of Application:

 

  1. Information must be submitted in an 8.5 X 11 inch flat folder (no ring binders)
  2. Three nomination folders (the original and two copies) should be submitted by the nominee’s representative, postmarked no later than January 15, to the Awards Committee Chair.
  3. Include in the nomination folder:
    1. MASN nomination form signed by the district president.
    2. Letter from district organization stating support and rationale for nomination signed by district president.
    3. Curriculum vitae signed by the nominee.
    4. Narrative describing the nominee’s contribution in each of the categories named in the Criteria for Selection and should follow the categories and sub-areas exactly in outline form. Narrative must be signed by nominee.
      1. Standards of School Nursing Practice 1-6
      2. Quality of Practice
      3. Education
      4. Professional Practice Evaluation
      5. Collegiality
      6. Collaboration
      7. Ethics
      8. Research
      9. Resource Utilization
      10. Leadership
      11. Program Management
    5. Supporting letters of recommendations:
      1. Maximum of six letters, each limited to one page, no reductions permitted.
      2. Letters may be from school nurse colleagues, administrators, supervisors, teachers, parents, students and others.
      3. Letters should describe specific issues or topics related to nominee’s qualifications for the award. Use Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice (copyright 2005, National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association) as a reference.
      4. Letters should directly reflect areas of rating that writer wishes to emphasize.
      5. Local and state acronyms must be spelled out when used for the first time.
    6. One digital photo (at least 300 dpi/inch) which will not be provided to reviewers or judges but kept by the Awards Committee chair/s and will be used to recognize (honor) MASN SNOY. The photograph must be formatted as a .jpg and should be no larger than 1 MB in size. No photos should be used in the application.
  1. The total folder is not to exceed 20 pages (20 one-sided or 10 two-sided). This does not include the cover or the application page itself.

 

Description:  To recognize a school nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her school, community, district, or state organization.

 

Eligibility:

 

  1. Registered professional nurse.
  2. Current MASN member.
  3. Currently practicing as a full time school nurse.
  4. Made an outstanding contribution to his/her school, district, or state organization.

 

Procedure for Submission of Application:

 

  1. Letters of recommendation may be made by any group or individual concerned with the health care of Missouri children.
  2. Letter of recommendation (the original plus two copies) must be submitted by the nominee’s representative, postmarked no later than January 15, to the Awards Committee chairs.

 

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School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Description:  An award to publicly recognize nurse administrators statewide by annually honoring one administrator who administers and coordinates quality school nursing services and health programs. This nurse will be nominated to represent Missouri in the NASN School Administrator of the Year Award.

Eligibility:

  1. Only one nominee permitted from each MASN district.
  2. Nominee must be:
    1. Registered professional nurse
    2. Bachelor's degree or higher
    3. Member of MASN for current year and preceding five years.
    4. Member of NASN for current year and preceding five years. The preceding five years must be continuous without lapse in membership.
  3. Nominee must have completed five years experience in school health, currently practice full-time and have as his/her main responsibility the supervision, administration, and coordination of school nursing service and health programs.
  4. Nominee must not be on the NASN Board of Directors or an officer of NASN at the time of nomination.
  5. Evidence of excellence in school administration must be based on the ANA Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators.
  6. Candidates must meet qualifications fro NASN SNAY to be selected.

Procedure for submission of application:

  1. Information must be submitted in an 8.5 X 11 inch flat folder. (No ring binders.)
  2. Three nomination folders (the original and  two copies) should be submitted by the nominee's representative, postmarked no later than January 15,  to the Awards Committee Chair.
  3. Include in the nomination folder:
    1. MASN nomination form signed by the district president.
    2. Letter from district organization stating support and rationale for nomination signed by district president.
    3. Curriculum vitae signed by the nominee.
    4. Narrative describing the nominee's contribution in each of the categories named in the Criteria for Selection. Should follow the categories and sub-areas exactly in outline form. Narrative must be signed by nominee.
      1. Standards of Practice 1-6
      2. Quality of Care and Administrative Practice
      3. Education
      4. Professional Appraisal
      5. Professional Knowledge
      6. Professional Environment
      7. Ethics
      8. Collaboration
      9. Research
      10. Resource Utilization
    5. Supporting letters of recommendations
      1. Maximum of six letters, each limited to one page, no reductions permitted.
      2. Letters may be from supervised school nurses, principals, supervisors, teachers, parents, students and others.
      3. Letters should describe specific issues or topics related to nominee's qualifications for the award. Use Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice (copyright 2005, National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association) as a reference.
      4. Letters should directly reflect areas of rating that writer wishes to emphasize.
      5. Local and state acronyms should be spelled out when used the first time.
    6. One photo. The photo will not be provided to reviewers or judges but kept by the Awards Chair for future use. No photos should be used in the application.
  4. The total folder is not to exceed 20 pages (20 one-sided or 10 two-sided). This does not include the cover of the application page itself.

Friends of School Nursing

Description:  An award to acknowledge a person or group who has a made a statewide contribution to assist MASN in achieving its goal of quality health care for all Missouri children.

Eligibility:  Any person or group outside of school nursing who has made a statewide contribution to assist MASN in achieving its goal of quality health care for all Missouri children.

Procedure:

  1. Any school nurse who is a member of a MASN district affiliate and MASN may nominate a person or group meeting the above criteria.
  2. The letter of recommendation should be submitted by the MASN member by January 15 to the Awards Committee Chair.

 

Life Membership

Description:  Life Membership may be granted to any member who meets the criteria listed in the MASN Operating Guidelines.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for Life Membership, the nominee must meet all of the following criteria.

  1. Active in school nursing 15 years or more.
  2. Member of MASN district and state organizations 10 or more years as active, associate, or retired/active.
  3. Served on BOD in district and/or state organizations.
  4. Shall not be in MASN elected office at time of presentation.
  5. Made significant contributions to school nursing or the school health program at the state level.
  6. Initiated programs for students that strengthen the educational process through improvement of health.
  7. Organized and/or furthered district organization.
  8. Active or retired from school nursing.
  9. Worked on a committee at state level.

Procedure for Submission of Application:

  1. Letter of recommendation (original plus two copies) should be submitted from nominee’s MASN district, postmarked no later than October 1, to the Awards Committee Chair.
  2. Provide specific information with dates of the above noted qualifications in the letter.

 

Deadline for submission is January 15  (October 1 for Life Membership).

Please submit by email to natalie.botkin@republicschools.org.

Recognition and award presentations will take 
place at the MASN Annual Spring Conference.