2018 Award Winners

Authentic Leadership Award

Awardee Characteristics – Authentic Leadership

This award is given to a nurse leader of distinction who displays the following characteristics consistent with authentic leadership:

  • Acts with the highest level of personal integrity.
  • Is visibly open, authentic and straightforward with others.
  • Is a creative and resilient risk taker – has actively moved his/her organization from “good enough” to better or excellent.
  • Holds his/herself accountable to professional and behavioral standards.
  • Is known for “making things happen”, and getting the job done.

Debra Ridling

Seattle Children's Hospital

Debra Ridling
Betty Bush

Betty Bush

Providence Holy Family Hospital

Transformational Pioneer Award

Awardee Characteristics – Transformational Pioneer

This award is given to a highly respected leader with characteristics consisted with a professional trailblazer, such as:

  • Demonstrates exceptional skill at synthesis. Is able to connect and bring together seemingly disconnected points of view into a cohesive whole
  • Has skill in making the collective stronger than the individual
  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation in thought and in accomplishments
  • Is a creative, courageous, and resilient risk taker – has actively moved his/her organization/initiatives from “good enough” to better or excellent

Tammy Wilson

St Charles Medical Center

Award for Leadership Excellence in a Frontline Nurse Clinician

Awardee Characteristics – Leadership Excellence in a Frontline Nurse Clinician

This award is given to a nurse clinician who displays leadership excellence and is:

  • Recognized by her/his peers, co-workers, patients, clients, and their families, as an excellent clinician, clinical educator, and clinical role model
  • Is an exemplar of the understanding of, and advancement of evidence based practice
  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation in thought and in accomplishments
  • Has demonstrated clinical leadership through his/her role modeling, and through the leadership of quality or patient safety initiatives, or through his/her leadership of clinical innovation projects or clinical research
Marian Morris-Ervin

Marian Morris-Ervin

St. Charles Medical Center

Award for Excellence in Healthcare or Nursing Advocacy

Awardee Characteristics – Excellence in Healthcare or Nursing Advocacy

This award was specifically created to recognize those nurse leaders who have had a significant impact on health policy and courage in addressing difficult and political issues. They demonstrate characteristics which include:

  • Ability to align others around a vision or cause and can be creative in his or her approaches
  • Skill in coalition building, promoting open communication and inclusiveness
  • Talent to connect and bring together seemingly disconnected points of view into a cohesive whole
  • Aptitude in making the collective stronger than the individual

Katie Eilers

Kitsap Public Health

Katie Eilers

Emerging Nurse Leader Award

Awardee Characteristics – Excellence in an Emerging Nurse Leader

This award is given to a nurse with less than five years of experience as a formal leader who:

  • Promotes open communication with those that s/he serves and is viewed as approachable and respectful of others
  • Demonstrates current and contemporary understanding of the requirements and dynamics at the point of care
  • Is able to generate enthusiasm for the creation of healthy work environments and for the achievement of excellence in professional practice and patient care
  • Sets an inspiring example
Tiffany Russell

Tiffany Russell

Skagit Valley Hospital

Andee Holman

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Andee Holman

Distinguished Career Award

Awardee Characteristics – Distinguished Career

This award was specifically created to honor those who chose to give of their time and talents to the profession through both their career path and through active volunteer service in professional organizations.

Frequently they are people who have influenced and mentored many, who have served in varied capacities across their profession and who have service beyond employment to the nursing community

Jane Hutcheson

Jane Hutcheson, NWone

Jane began her career as a servant leader and though retired, continues as a servant leader.

Jane’s philosophy, while unspoken, is helping others and making a difference in the world is what makes everything and everyone better. One person at a time, one day at a time, one project at a time. Through this philosophy she has made a difference that will leave a lasting impact.