The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

 The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, advocate,

and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.

INA Awards

Here’s your chance to recognize a peer Do you know someone who promotes professionalism in nursing? Here is your chance to recognize their contributions to nursing. Submit your award nominations to the INA office by June 30. To nominate someone, review the award criteria and nomination format posted below.

Nominations may be submitted e-mail to 
info@iowanurses.org

AWARD NOMINATION FORMAT

NAME OF AWARD

Name of Nominee Address Phone – home and work

Credentials

Place of Employment/Position Brief Biographical Data (1-2 paragraphs)

Currently an INA member? If no, when?

Statement for Nomination (include contribution to nursing, award criteria, etc.; 3-4paragraphs)

Submitted by

Phone – home and work

Attach curriculum vitae and two letters of support with nomination for all nominations. Friend of Nursing award does not need curriculum vitae.


Iowa Nurses Association

Do you know someone who promotes professionalism in nursing? Here is your chance to recognize their contributions to nursing. Submit your award nominations to the INA office by June 30. To nominate someone, review the award criteria and follow the format listed.
 
To submit a nomination, use the format outlined below and send to the Iowa Nurses Association office. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail. Please reference Award & Nominee in the subject line.
Iowa Nurses Association


Hall of Fame Award

 

Est. 2016 

The Hall of Fame Award will be given annually to an individual who has displayed visionary leadership, dedication to the mission of INA, and a passion for the profession of nursing in an ongoing basis.


Criteria: The nominee must:

  1.       Be a registered nurse (may be retired), who has demonstrated outstanding contributions as a member of the Iowa Nurses Association at the regional, state, and/or national level.
  2. .     Act as a role model of leadership that supports the Iowa Nurses Association’s mission statement: To connect, advocate, and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa. 
  3. .     Demonstrate behavior that reflects nursing’s concern for issues that affect Iowa nurses’ ability to provide safe and effective care.
  4. .     Demonstrate professional achievement that has enduring significance in the individual’s lifetime and beyond.

Nomination forms are available on the website: www.iowanurses.org-membership-INA Awards

Selection of the award will be by the INA Awards Committee with final approval by the INA Board.

The winner will be notified prior to the awards ceremony. Personal recognition and a plaque will be given during the ceremony, and the winner’s name will be publicized in INA publications and placed in an area of recognition on the INA website: www.iowanurses.org.


Nominees not selected will be automatically resubmitted each of the following two years.

Nominations must be submitted to the Iowa Nurses Association by June 30th. 

Attach and email completed nomination forms to:

mrice@iowanurses.org


Previous Recipients 

 



Edith E. Ruppert Award

Established in 1971

The Edith E. Ruppert Award is presented to an Iowa nurse who, as a member of INA, is judged to have contributed significantly to the improvement of nursing and the professional organization. Edith E. Ruppert (1907-1999) became President of the Iowa Nurses Association (1967-1971) during one of the most critical periods of the Association’s history. The membership was divided over the issue of collective bargaining. Edith Ruppert provided the leadership and dedication necessary to preserve the Association as a viable professional organization for Iowa nurses. Edith Ruppert demonstrated her belief that regardless of differences, nurses must remain a strong collective unit and be represented by the professional organization.

Criteria for the award are:

  1. Member in good standing in the Iowa Nurses Association.
  2. Evidence of professional commitment to the resolving of issues and to the increasing knowledge of nursing trends for the improvement of health care.
  3. Evidence of outstanding contributions to the Iowa Nurses Association.

Nominations must be received in the INA office by June 30 each year. The INA Executive Committee will select the award winner. The recipient will be recognized and receive an award certificate at the INA annual convention. The awardees name is included on the plaque displayed in the INA office.

Previous Recipients


 Teresa E. Christy Award

Established 1982

The Teresa E. Christy Award is presented to a registered nurse that has demonstrated professional commitment to the improvement of health care and the interrelationship of nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research. Teresa E. Christy, RN, FAAN (1927-1982) was acknowledged as the foremost nursing historian in the United States. Her brilliant career as a researcher, lecturer, writer, and educator was ended when she died of cancer on April 3, 1982. Dr. Christy, a member of the ANA Commission of Nursing Research, was a professor at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa. At the time of her death, Dr. Christy was INA’s Second Vice President and was a valued colleague on the Board of Directors. Dr. Christy published 21 articles, one book, and delivered more than 100 speeches to various national, state, and university organizations. Her last article was, "Historical Background of Entry into

Practice," American Journal of Nursing, May 1980. Dr. Christy had the ability to apply critical thinking in analyzing nursing’s current issues. She promoted an alteration of attitudes and beliefs in nurses that nursing makes a difference. She had tremendous ability to inspire nurses to care; she believed in excellence in practice and education.

Criteria for the award are:

  1. Member in good standing in any state nurses’ association who has been, or is currently, a member of the Iowa Nurses Association.
  2. Evidence of professional commitment to the resolving of issues and to increasing knowledge of nursing trends for the improvement of health care.
  3. Evidence of outstanding contributions to the interrelationship of education, practice, and research.

Nominations must be received in the INA office by June 30 each year. The INA Executive Committee will select the award winner. The recipient will be recognized and receive an award certificate at the INA annual convention. The awardees name is included on the plaque displayed in the INA office.

Previous Recipients


Friend of Nursing Award

Established 1987

The Friend of Nursing Award is given annually to recognize non-nurse individuals or groups of individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession of nursing and to the health care of Iowans.

Criteria: Evidence of support for nursing practice leading to improved healthcare outcomes for Iowans.

Nominations: Nomination forms are available on the website: www.iowanurses.org-membership-INA Awards

The winner will be notified prior to the awards ceremony. Personal recognition and a plaque will be given during the ceremony, and the winner’s name will be publicized in INA publications and placed in an area of recognition on the INA website: www.iowanurses.org

Selection: Selection for the award will be made by the Iowa Nurses Association Awards Committee and presented to the INA Board of Directors for final approval.

Nominations must be submitted to the Iowa Nurses Association by June 30th. 

Attach and email completed nomination forms to:

mrice@iowanurses.org

Ph. # 515-225-0495

Previous Recipients


 Hector Perez Award

Established in 2001

The Hector Perez Award is to be presented to an Iowa Registered Nurse who is a member of the Iowa Nurses Association, and has made a significant contribution to nursing in a clinical setting as a member of a minority group in this profession.

Hector Perez, RN, ARNP (1953-2001) represented the role of men in nursing and demonstrated a commitment to improve methods in nursing to address the varied cultural needs of patients and members of the profession. Hector was born in Puerto Rico, received his Bachelor of Science nursing degree from the University of Texas Science Center, San Antonio, Texas and a Master of Science Nursing degree from Clarkson College Omaha, Nebraska. He was employed at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa as an intensive care nurse and as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the emergency room until retiring in October 1999 due to health reasons. Hector assisted with cultural diversity teaching in the hospital, school of nursing and community.

Hector had a commitment to Iowa Nurses Association, serving as a District President for District #4 for four years, he believed active participation in the professional organization was worthwhile in developing and maintaining a nursing career.

Criteria for the award are:

  1. Registered nurse who is in good standing as a member of the Iowa Nurses’ Association.
  2. Evidence of professional commitment to the clinical setting of nursing.
  3. Evidence of representing men or being a member of a minority group in nursing
  4. Contribution to improving practices that address cultural diversity in nursing.

Nominations must be received in the INA office by June 30 each year. The INA Executive Committee will select the award winner. The recipient will be recognized and receive an award certificate at the INA annual convention. The awardees name is included on the plaque displayed in the INA office.

Previous Recipients