2017 Nurse Recognition Award Winners
We know that ANA-Michigan has many stars among its membership, and six awards were given to several special individuals at an awards celebration and luncheon held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at The Inn at St John’s in Plymouth, Michigan in conjunction with the conference and annual assembly. Please join us in congratulating them for their hard work and dedication to the nursing profession and to ANA-Michigan!
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is conferred on an ANA-Michigan member who, during their career, has provided support to the values of ANA-Michigan and the profession of nursing in the state of Michigan and have made various contributions over their whole career and provided a high level of dedication and innovation. Linda certainly fits this description! Several members assisted in giving this award by sharing stories of how she has mentored them in their careers.
Linda was a founding member of RN-AIM (now known as ANA-Michigan). She exemplifies integrity and fairness. She has participated in ANA, MNA, her district, Sigma Theta Tau, and numerous other professional nursing organizations. She role models the skills of listening, negotiating, and collaborating within an interdisciplinary team. She demonstrates creativity, management skills, and a passion for excellence. She is known to always provide good advice and suggestions, and many rely on the council she provides. She demonstrates outstanding excellence in building successful mentoring relationships with other nurses and nursing students. She has been instrumental in many nurses across Michigan professional development.
Linda is a member of Region 3 and serves as Professor Emerita at Grand Valley State University. Congratulations to Linda on her fine achievement!
Nurse of the Year
The Nurse of the Year award is presented to a nurse who demonstrates a commitment and dedication to the nursing profession, constantly surpasses the expectations of a professional nurse, has outstanding achievement in the past year, and is a current member of ANA-Michigan.
Tara is a RN Education Specialist with MidMichigan Health. She exemplifies the qualities of Nurse of the Year in both her professional and academic career. Tara joined MidMichigan Health after her graduation from Saginaw Valley University and then went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing degree. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Education or Organization Development Department as a Clinical Education Specialist RN II. Tara recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Congralations Tara; you are a woman on the move!
Dorothea Milbrandt Nurse Leader
The Dorothea Milbrandt Nurse Leader Award is given to an ANA-Michigan member who exemplifies integrity and fairness, participates in professional nursing organizations, demonstrates excellence in building successful mentoring relationships with other nurses and/or nursing students, demonstrates creativity, management skills, and a passion for excellence, and role models the skills of listening, negotiating, and collaborating within an interdisciplinary team.
Tricia currently works as Assistant Dean for Practice at Grand Valley State University. There, she oversees the GVSU Academic Nurse-Managed Center, where she is involved in the community, building relationships that will be foundational for student clinical practice experiences and faculty practice/scholarship, while concurrently adding value to the work of institutional partners. She has had a full career and has helped many nurses along the way. Congratulations Tricia!
Catch 5 – Rising Star Award
A new award this year is the Catch 5 Rising Star Award recognizes a Registered Nurse new to the profession whose nursing practice reflects a commitment to advance the profession and whose service has demonstrated professional growth and/or improved healthcare delivery. Requirements for this award includes having a current ANA-Michigan membership, being employed in the nursing profession for 5 years or less, demonstration of positive character and responsibility to the profession of nursing, peers, patients, their workplace and to the community. They also must demonstrate competence, knowledge, and skills in clinical practice/specialty practice, utilize evidence based practice, and/or contribute to the current body of knowledge through presentations or manuscripts, demonstrate leadership abilities, and pursue personal, professional, intellectual and continuing education growth opportunities.
Earning the award this year is Anne Kreft. Anne is step-down staff nurse in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit (A2) at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City where she is responsible for patient education, admissions, discharges, wound care, and patient care coordination with discharge planning coordinators. While there she has worked hard to develop her specialty clinical skills in cardiac nursing in both the medical cardiac department and the surgical cardiac unit. Anne has used her constantly increasing knowledge and skills to assist Munson Medical Center and her patients in many vital ways.
Anne also serves on the ANA-Michigan Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council and was chosen to serve on the Rules and Regulations task force.
Congratulations Anne and thank you for your dedication to the profession!
Public Policy Advocate
The Public Policy Advocate Award is awarded to someone who has demonstrated leadership in community affairs, has had an impact on public policy, has a political presence, and contributes to social or civic organizations.
Myrna is now retired from nursing but has used her retirement to advocate for the nursing profession and public policy initiatives related to nursing and healthcare. Myrna is considered the “public policy guru” for ANA-Michigan Region 2. She previously was a public policy expert for the Michigan Nurses Association. Myrna has consistently sought to educate members and non-members on current public policy topics, including resources for learning more about policy, politics, and current candidates for public office for the past 22 years. Her expertise and enthusiasm on this subject is unsurpassed. ANA-Michigan is fortunate to have Myrna guiding us in this challenging area; congratulations on your achievement Myrna!
Region of the Year
Each year we honor a region for their growth in members, new leadership development, increased member involvement and creative meeting strategies.
The Detroit area Region 7 is the largest region in ANA-Michigan. The attendance at meetings has increased. Members have reported that they appreciate being included. The region has sponsored students within the region to attend the ANA-Michigan conferences and made monetary contributions to SNA to help defray costs of their conferences. Many of Region 7 members serve or have served on the ANA-MI board of directors, chaired councils and been active on committees. The members of Region 7 have also served on the state Bylaws committee and the Nominations committee.
Congratulations to Region 7! Your leadership inspires us all!