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2022-23 Nurse Recognition Award WINNERs

Recognizing & Honoring Deserving Nurses

Michigan has many nurses whose outstanding and heroic contributions should be recognized and honored and ANA-Michigan has established eight different awards to recognize excellence in Michigan nursing. 

Awards will be formally presented during the ANA-MI Annual Conference on a date to be determined in 2023. Awards were originally scheduled to be presented on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at the ANA-MI Annual Conference and Membership Assembly in Port Huron, MI. Due to extreme weather conditions, the conference and assembly have been postponed and rescheduled. Stay tuned for further details and information.


Dorothea Milbrandt Nurse Leader Award

The Dorothea Milbrandt Nurse Award has been created to honor nurses who have demonstrated excellence in building successful mentoring relationships with other nurses and/or nursing students. This award is presented on behalf of the late Dorothea Milbrandt, RN, MPS, MSN, who had an important and lasting impact on nursing in Michigan for nearly 40 years.

Friend of Nursing Award

The Friend of Nursing Award is conferred on a non-nurse who has rendered valuable assistance to the nursing profession.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s longstanding commitment to and profound impact on nursing.

Public Policy Advocate Award

The Public Policy Advocate Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated success in using public policy and advocacy as strategies in advancing nursing in Michigan.

Exceptional Promise Award

The Exceptional Promise Award aims to spotlight up to five (5) aspiring nursing students for their skills today and promise for tomorrow.

Future Nurse Leader Award

The Future Nurse Leader Award is annually given yearly to a recent (within two years of graduation) nursing school (ADN, BSN) graduate who demonstrates great potential for leadership in the profession.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will identify a health care organization (hospitals, public health departments, mental health facilities, etc.) for an innovative practice/approach which improves nursing and patient outcomes.

Collaborative Practice Award

The Collaborative Practice Award will identify an interdisciplinary team that demonstrated a collaborative approach on a project which involved best practice(s) and resulted in improved patient outcomes or improvement to nursing practice.

Past Award Winners

Innovation Award
2019 — Sparrow Hospital
2020 — Henry Ford Health System
2021 — The Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic

Collaborative Practice Award
2019 — Mercy Health Saint Mary
2021 — Kent County Health Department

Lifetime Achievement
2016 — Jonnie Hamilton
2017 — Linda Bond
2018 — Mary A. Scoblic
2020 — Sally Decker
2021 — Phyllis S. Brenner

Dorothea Milbrandt Nurse Leader
2007 — Carol Frank
2008 — Nancy Martin
2010 — Kathy Birdsall
2013 — Carole Stacy
2016 — Karen M. Brown-Fackler
2017 — Patricia Thomas
2018 — MaryLee Pakieser
2020 — Kathy Stutzman
2021 — Linda Taft

Public Policy Advocate
2016 — Jeanette Wrona Klemczak
2017 — Myrna Holland
2018 — Jeaniene Easterday
2020 — Lynne Harris
2021 — Sue Anne Bell

Nurse of the Year
2016 — Katherine Dontje
2017 — Tara Neeb

Friend of Nursing
2018 — Elizabeth DelBuono
2020 — Representative Mary Whiteford

Honoring the Past
2018 — Lynne Harris
2018 — Katie Kessler

Exceptional Promise Award
2018 — Claire Cowan
2018 — Baker Cadillac Student Nurses Association
2018 — Krysta Forrester
2018 — Meghan Morrow
2018 — Cierra Scott
2020 — Myesha Hollins, Marissa Loud, Lesley Telfor, Shantiniqua Collins, Hyder Mirza and Dominique Mones
2021 — Zoe Rettel

Future Nurse Leader
2018 — Andrea Corrie
2018 — Roberta Dankyi
2018 — Nikeyia Davis
2018 — Crystal Frazer
2018 — Kasha Martin
2018 — Traci Moore
2018 — Chase Zebari
2020 — Cierra Scott
2021 — Meklit Shonga

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