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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

Each year at the Spring Annual Meeting, the Association presents its Distinguished Alumni Awards. Those chosen come from nominations made by alumni and presented to the Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee for review and recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Awards are given for the following categories:
  1. Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing
  2. Award for Nursing Education
  3. Award for Nursing Practice
  4. Award for Nursing Administration
  5. Award for Nursing Research
  6. Award for Health Policy
  7. Honorary Award for the Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital
    School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc.
  8. In Memoriam for Life Time Achievement
  9. Neighbor’s Award
  10. Honorary Award for a Non-Alumnus or Organization

Depending on the award category, candidates can be an alumnus, non-alumnus or an organization. Self-nominations are welcomed. An alumnus may nominate more than one candidate. A nomination may also be made by handwritten note, phone call, email or fax.  The Administrator will subsequently forward an award information packet to the nominator for completion and signature. Once completed, the nomination packet will not be returned to the nominator.

Nominators whose candidates were not selected in the previous year are invited to resubmit their candidate(s) and update their materials in subsequent years.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Alumni Office by February 1st. Access to the Distinguished Alumni Award form is available on our Applications page or by clicking here or you may access the form via a direct link to the Cooperative site form

General Criteria

The Candidate:

  1. is nominated for the Annual Alumni Award for their distinguished career in nursing or specific contribution to nursing education, nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing research, health policy, to the School of Nursing Alumni Association or humanitarian service.
  2. must have graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing under any one of its previous program titles (i.e., Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University (and to all members of the unincorporated body known as "The Alumnae Association of The Presbyterian Hospital Training School for Nurses in the City of New York."
  3. should be active members of the Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc.
  4. has not received a previous Distinguished Alumni Award.
  5. is not a current member of the Awards Committee and/or the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association.
  6. is viewed as an excellent nurse by peers.
  7. has functioned as a mentor in facilitating the growth and future development of nurses within the  profession.

Specific Criteria

Award for a Distinguished Career in Nursing

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has a distinguished career in nursing.

The candidate:

  1. has been recognized as an outstanding nurse who has made continuing contributions in nursing during his/her career.
  2. meets all the criteria in at least two or more of the specific awards categories in the fields of nursing education, nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing research or health.

Award in Nursing Education

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing education and professional development.

The candidate has:

  1. been recognized for excellence as an aspiring teacher by students and colleagues.
  2. demonstrated expertise in education, curriculum design, innovative teaching methodologies, assessment and evaluation.
  3. has made a significant contribution to the field through research, publication, presentations or other recognition(s).

Award in Nursing Practice

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing practice.

The candidate:

  1. has consistently demonstrated excellence in the practice of the art and a science of professional nursing.
  2. is viewed as an exemplary nurse by clients/patients/families and colleagues.
  3. has made unique contributions to nursing practice and patient care.

Award in Nursing Administration

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing administration.

The candidate has:

  1. been recognized by colleagues for leadership in nursing administration.
  2. used creative approaches that have positively influenced health care at the institutional, local, regional, national or international levels.
  3. has been recognized by colleagues for demonstrating the skills, attitudes, knowledge and the intangible qualities of a leader in nursing administration.
  4. created a high quality practice environment that recruits and retains nurses to function effectively as a professional nurses within their institutional settings.

Award for Nursing Research

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has established excellence in nursing research.

The candidate:

  1. has demonstrated expertise in research, research design, instrumentation, statistics and related areas.
  2. has been actively involved in the conduct, completion and reporting of research studies which, through the candidate’s efforts in publication and presentation, has made a contribution to nursing.
  3. is recognized as either an educator, mentor, or facilitator in guiding and supporting others, either by assisting in the conduct of the candidate’s research activities, or their own research activities (i.e. graduate students, other nurse researchers, staff nurses.
  4. has used, through research sound and scientific research findings in practice that have led to significant changes in the clinical nursing practice at the unit, service, institutional, regional or professional levels.

Award for Health Policy

Purpose: To recognize and honor a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing research.

The candidate has:

  1. developed health policy which promotes the health of the consumer and the advancement of the nursing profession.
  2. fostered the political and legislative effectiveness of nurses.
  3. promoted the public recognition of nursing as a scholarly discipline by using findings as a foundation for legislative and regulatory policies and procedures.

Honorary Award

Purpose: To recognize and honor an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the Alumni Association, the School, and/or the profession.

The candidate has:

  1. made a significant contribution or rendered distinguished service to the Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, the Columbia University School of Nursing or the profession that enhances its image and enables it to meet its vision, mission and goals at local/ regional/national and international levels.

In Memoriam for Life-Time Achievement:

Purpose: To recognize and honor a deceased alumnus for Life-Time Achievement in nursing.

The candidate has:

met the specific criteria in any of the awards categories for a distinguished career in nursing, nursing education, nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing research or health policy.

Neighbors Award

Purpose: To recognize and honor an alumnus who has exhibited outstanding service to humanity.

The candidate has:

  1. been recognized as a remarkable humanitarian offering dedicated service to others.
  2. volunteered to provide sustained and dedicated service to others in need.
  3. has cared for others without regard for compensation, recognition or personal gain.
  4. promoted public recognition of nursing as a human service profession through her/his efforts.