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2015 Nightingale
Date: May 7, 2015
San Marino Banquet Center
Troy, Michigan

San Marino

Nightingale Awards

Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence

The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system. 

For the past 26 years, Nightingale celebrations have provided Oakland University’s School of Nursing with numerous benefits for students and faculty that include:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Research support for faculty
  • Cutting-edge technology and resources for the School of Nursing to ensure access to advanced nursing education at Oakland University

Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and provide inspiration to future generations of exceptional nurses who will follow in their tradition. 

Why should you NOMINATE A NURSE you know? This short video will tell you!

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Get Involved


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SPONSORSHIP — There are many sponsorship levels available including a Gold Sponsorship, Silver Sponsorship, Bronze Sponsorship, Volunteer Table Sponsor, Statue Sponsor and more. Please refer to the Sponsorship Form or contact Ashley Samson.

TABLE OR TICKETS  To purchase a table or tickets, please contact Ashley Samson. Tables seat 10 guests each. 

 Ad space is available in the Nightingale Awards Program Book and in the Silent Auction program book. Download the ad form and and send to Amy Johnson at

Nominate a Nurse
Nominate a nurse you know!  WATCH this short video to see what winning this award means to the winners and runners up.

There is a new online nomination form available. We are no longer accepting nominations for 2015; however, we will now accept nominations year round. We will take entries for 2016 from now until February 2, 2016. Any nominations submitted after February 2, 2016 will be included in entries for 2017. To nominate a special nurse for the People's Choice 2016 award, click here for the nomination form

The Oakland University School of Nursing strives to recognize and honor the compassion, knowledge, and initiative of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing. Awards are given based on nurses' achievements and community and professional involvement. Leadership, quality of care given, innovative practices and advances in research are also valued in the selection processes. The nine categories are listed below. Check out these tips for completing the nomination process and see a successful nomination sample.  If you have any questions regarding this nomination form, please contact Ashley Samson at 

The Oakland University School of Nursing strives to recognize and honor the compassion, knowledge and initiative
of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence®. ​Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 awards.  Nominations must be received by February 2, 2016.  Nominations received on or after February 3, 2016 will be considered for the 2017 awards.

Nomination Information

Nominations from health care professionals, peers, colleagues and administrators, please use this form to nominate a nurse you know. Please make your nomination in one of the award categories listed below. 

NOTE: This year, four Staff Nurse Practice awards will be given in each region of the state.  This category has been expanded to encompass nominations that reflect the exceptional nursing that occurs across the state.  

Nominations must be completed by February 2, 2016. 

Categories include:  

  • Administration

    2013 Nightingale Administration
    This award is presented to a professional nurse who models leadership and management in health care service through visionary and innovative approaches. This nurse creates an environment that enhances the image of nursing and serves as a mentor to others.
  • Advanced Nurse Practice

    This award goes to an advanced practice nurse who demonstrates excellence in complex patient care. This nurse has a graduate degree and develops creative approaches to nursing practice that significantly improve client care and the image of nursing. She/he must be a clinical expert who advances the scope and practice of nursing, serves as a mentor who inspires others, and is a person who has excellent communications skills. 
  • Education and Research

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    This award is given to a professional nurse who demonstrates innovative educational activities or contributes to quality patient care through research. This nurse advances nursing through clarifying, refining or expanding the knowledge base of nursing; establishes an environment conducive to client, family and student learning; influences scholarly development in nursing education and research; and influences the practice of nursing.
  • Nursing in the Community

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    This award is given to a professional nurse who delivers innovative nursing services in a nontraditional setting. This nurse may be found in home care, community practice, political or legal arenas, case management, within entrepreneurial activities or other nontraditional nursing roles. She/he is dedicated to providing care to those in need inside and/or outside of a hospital setting. 
  • OU Distinguished Alumni

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    This award is given to a professional nurse who is a graduate of Oakland University’s BSN, MSN or DNP program and is currently employed in nursing. This nurse demonstrates excellence and makes a difference in nursing practice. She/he demonstrates the intellectual ability, clinical competence and leadership characteristics of an Oakland University School of Nursing graduate.  
  • People’s Choice Award

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    This award is presented to a professional nurse who has greatly impacted the life of a patient, friend or family member by giving more of her/himself in the care giving process. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice and inspires others. 
  • Long Term Care and Rehabilitation

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    This award is given to a professional nurse who delivers effective humanistic nursing care in a long-term care or rehabilitation setting. This nurse demonstrates leadership and develops strategies to promote high-quality, humanistic nursing care practices. She/he is a lifelong learner who consistently seeks knowledge and skills that promote maximum development of patients’ self-care abilities in long-term care or rehabilitation facilities.
  • Staff Nurse Practice

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    This award is presented to a professional nurse who demonstrates excellence in direct patient care delivered in a hospital, clinic and/or subacute care facility. This nurse is dedicated to quality, compassionate care of patients and promotes a positive image of nursing. She/he demonstrates exceptional practice, inspires others and has excellent communication skills. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Samson at or (248) 364-8725.   

People's Choice Nomination
Nominations come from patients, families and community members please use this form to nominate a nurse who has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know.

Nominations must be completed by February 2, 2016.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Samson at or (248) 364-8725.   

Tips for a Successful Nomination

Click here to read our tips for a successful nomination

Not sure where to start? Here is a sample nomination to give you an idea!


2015 Winners and Runners Up

                   Anne Ronk

Anne Ronk
Beaumont - Royal Oak 

Advanced Practice 


Susanna Sirianni
Sinai-Grace Hospital

Education / Research 


Carla Groh
University of Detroit-Mercy

 Long Term Care / Rehab


Theresa Duller
Beaumont - Royal Oak  

 Nursing in the Community


Cathy June

 OU Distinguished Alumni


Marlene Mullin
Hope, Inc.

Staff Nurse Practice 

 Jeff W

Jeffrey Wolff
Harper University Hospital

Staff Nurse Practice 


Michelle Wood
Oakwood Hospital- Taylor


Runners Up  


Rhonda Berndt
Oakwood Hospital 


Carmen Alicia Stokes
University of Detroit-Mercy
 Education and Research                            


Doris Neuymeyer
Beaumont Health-
Nursing in the Community                                


Marie Doherty
Beaumont Health-
Royal Oak
OU Distinguished Alumni


Kelly Marie Hendrix
Beaumont Health - 
Royal Oak
Staff Nurse Practice


Nancy Whitt
Beaumont Health - 
Royal Oak
Staff Nurse Practice


Michael Clark 
Henry Ford Detroit
People's Choice Nominee 


Geraldine McCormick
Providence Hospital 
People's Choice Nominee



People's Choice Nominee