The Evolution of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was developed in 2001 out of a desire to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. As a nursing organization with more than a century of service, the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA South Central) took the lead in creating the award ceremony. The Nightingale vision was quickly embraced by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Hospital of Saint Raphael, whose financial support brought the idea to fruition.

In 2003, the program grew to include concurrent galas in the Hartford, Norwich-New London, and Stamford regions, as well as the original program in New Haven. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing is open and inclusive of all health care settings—hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care, nursing schools, medical practices and more - all are warmly invited to participate. RNs and LPNs (full or part-time) who demonstrate excellence may be considered for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, and/or education.

Nurses receiving the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing will be individually recognized at the Program and invited on stage to receive a Certificate of Recognition, a Nightingale insignia lapel pin and a commemorative gift.  A nurse can only be nominated once in their lifetime for this award.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must be submitted by a health care organization ONLY. Nominations submitted by an individual on behalf of someone in the health care field will not be accepted.
Every nurse is caring and committed to his or her patients, students, co-workers, etc. Please tell us what sets this nurse apart from other caring nurses. Nurses should demonstrate most or all of these qualities.
• How has nominee made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession.
• How has the nominee gone "beyond the call".
• How has nominee demonstrate excellence above what is normally expected?
• How has nominee shown commitment to the community served, in a way that is significantly above the norm?
• How has nominee achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena?