The nominee must be an NNA member in good standing. An individual having personal knowledge of the nominee’s abilities and contributions that reflect the focus of the specific award should write the letter of nomination (self nominations accepted). Two letters of support are required with each application – a self nomination will have 3 letters (self nomination letter and 2 more letters of support). Please include the nominee’s credentials in the letters of nomination. A curriculum vitae or resume is helpful but not required.

Awards Nomination Form

Deadline for submitting nominations to the Conventions Awards Committee is September 1.

 Nurse of the Year

This award focuses on outstanding achievement in nursing over a one-year period. The nominee must be directly involved in nursing through clinical practice, education, administration, or research and have made a positive impact on the quality of nursing care or the nursing profession.

 Extraordinary Achievement in Nursing

This award focuses on achievement in nursing over a cumulative number of years. There must be evidence of significant contributions to nursing at the local, state or national level.

 NNA Award for Distinguished Service

This award focuses on the nominee’s service to the NNA at the district or state level over the past year.

 Notable New Nurse

This award focuses on outstanding achievement in nursing by an RN practicing for five years or less since graduation from an entry level Registered Nursing program.

 Excellence in Direct Patient Care

The focus of this award is on achievement in nursing by a nurse providing direct patient care. The nominee is recognized for nursing expertise provided in a caring, professional manner.

 Outstanding Nurse Educator

This award focuses on achievement by a nurse whose primary role is as an educator. The nominee must be directly involved in patient education, nursing education, continuing education or staff development. The award recognizes innovation and expertise in the educator role.


 Gail Graham Higher Education Scholarship

This scholarship is being offered in memory of Gail Graham, sister of NNA member Jacy Henk. Recipient must be a member in good standing of NNA/ANA. Must be pursuing a higher degree in nursing. RN to BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD, EdD.

Essay topics:

  • What is your philosophy of patient safety?
  • How does patient safety fit in with the quality of healthcare?
  • How can Nebraska nurses be involved in patient safety and policies that effect patient safety moving forward at the State and National levels?

Application Information

NNA Member Scholarship

The NNA embraces the belief that we, as members of our professional organization, are committed to developing others in the continuing pursuit of excellence in scholarship, clinical practice, research and professional involvement. To honor that commitment, the NNA Scholarship of $1000 is made available to a member enrolled in a Bachelor, Masters, or Doctoral program in nursing who possess the ability to assume or continue a leadership role in nursing. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a NNA member with expenses related to advanced studies in nursing. Scholarship selection will be made by the NNA Nursing Professional Development Committee.

Application Information

Arthur L. Davis Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, the Nebraska Nurses Association will grant two (2) $500 scholarships to Nebraska pre-licensure nursing students. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A resident of Nebraska
  • Enrollment in an accredited nursing program in Nebraska (the nursing program must be accredited).
  • 3.0 GPA (official transcripts with a raised seal required)
  • Completion of more than 50% of the nursing degree courses required by the degree granting institution.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the NNA Annual Conference Awards Banquet in October. Scholarship applicants and recipients are encouraged to attend. Recipients and one guest will have their banquet fee paid for them. All application materials must be received by September 1st. Watch the NNA website for additional scholarship announcements.

Application Information