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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 2017, National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association). Please refer to NASN Operating Guidelines Criteria for Selection.
  4. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for NASN Excellence in School Nursing: SNOY to be selected as MASN SNOY.

Procedure for Submission of Application:

 

  1. Information must be submitted in an 8.5 X 11 inch flat folder (no ring binders) or may submitted electronically as a PDF.
  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 Practice for School NursingStandard 1- AssessmentStandard 2- Diagnosis

        Standard 3-Outcomes Identification

        Standard 4-Planning

        Standard 5 Implementation

        Standard 5A- Coordination of Care

        Standard 5B - Health Teaching and Health Promotion

        Standard 6- Evaluation

        Standards of Professional Performance for School Nursing

        Standard 7- Ethics

        Standard 8- Culturally Congruent Practice

        Standard 9- Communication

        Standard 10- Collaboration

        Standard 11- Leadership

        Standard 12- Education

        Standard 13- Evidence-Based Practice and Research

        Standard 14- Quality of Practice

        Standard 15- Professional Practice Evaluation

        Standard 16- Resource Utilization

        Standard 17-Environmental Health

        Standard 18-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 2015, 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 for 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) or may be submitted electronically as a PDF.
  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 2017, 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 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 SNAY. 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.
  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.

 

Rising Star Award

Description:  An award to recognize a new school nurse who has made an impact in her school or community and as an emerging leader in school nursing.

Eligibility:

  1. Registered professional nurse or an licensed practical nurse.
  2. Currently practicing as a full time school nurse.
  3. Has worked in school nursing less than 3 years.

Procedure:

  1. Any school nurse who is a member of MASN may nominate a Rising Star.
  2. The letter of recommendation should be submitted by the nominee’s representative to the Awards Committee chair no later than January 15.
  3. The letter should highlight the nominee's contributions to her school or community.

 

 

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 January 15, 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  for all awards.

Contact Marge Cole at Marjorie.Cole@health.mo.gov with questions. Submit final application/nomination to Marge at this address.

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