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Nurse of the Year, Washington

DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017  |  Time: 9:00 AM
LOCATION: Washington State Convention Center
ADDRESS: 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

For more information please contact Eric Kaltenbacher at or (206) 452-6630


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The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession by recognizing extraordinary
nurses throughout the community. Nurse of the Year events honor those who make a
difference in the lives of so many. Nominate an outstanding nurse today!

    2017 Nominations Categories
o Advocacy for Patients o Clinical Care o Community Health and Public Health o Distinguished Nurse of the Year
o  Hospice, Home Health Palliative Care o Legend of Nursing o Education o Emergency o Front Line Leader
o Nursing Administration and Leadership o Pediatric o Research Advancement o Rising Star o Surgical/Procedural o Women’s Health




Advocacy for Patients
RNs who go beyond the call of duty to advocate for patients.
Clinical Care
RNs who demonstrate excellence in delivering care directly to the patient in any clinical setting.
Community Health and Public Health
Community health, Public health, clinic, office and other care settings.
Distinguished Nurse of the Year
RNs whose contributions and accomplishments have had an extraordinary influence within the nursing profession in Washington.
Nursing students that have demonstrated outstanding professionalism and mastered the coursework necessary for a successful nursing career and RN’s that have made significant contributions in education, professional development, and/or long-term learning of nursing professionals.
Emergency - ER, flight and ambulance.
Front Line Leader
Includes nurses in general medical/surgical or specialty unit area of nursing who function in the Charge Nurse, ANM, or Supervisor role. Includes Adult ICU/CCU, IMC, cath lab and special procedures, PTCA Interventional Radiology, ER, Surgical, Labor & Delivery, NICU with intermediate care units and PICU.
Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care
Nursing in inpatient/outpatient hospice settings and nursing in all home health care settings.

Legend of Nursing
A retired RN whose career-long contributions and accomplishments have had an extraordinary influence within the profession of nursing.

Nursing Administration and Leadership
Includes CNE’s, CNO’s, VP’s, Administrative Directors, and Department Directors/Managers.
RNs whose influence and service in the care of pregnant mothers and babies exemplifies the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies.

Research Advancement
Nurses who use, implement, supervise, conduct, design, or teach research to advance quality improvement, evidence-based practice or clinical outcomes.  This category recognizes nurses who use research to guide practice and develop policies.

Rising Star
RNs who, within the first 18 months of practice exemplify outstanding caring, leadership, and professionalism.
Perioperative, Preoperative, PACU, Day Surgery, OR and Endoscopy.
Women's Health
Nurses who provide care in ante partum clinics, antepartum hospital units, labor and delivery, maternal/baby care, post-partum and gynecology. 


Honor a nurse or group of Nurses through a GIFT IN TRIBUTE online.

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, chapter volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes:  to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state and celebrating the profession. Honor a nurse, or group of nurses, through a TRIBUTE GIFT.


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. Your sponsorship clearly demonstrates your support of the March of Dimes and our cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Eric Kaltenbacher for more information and to learn how to get your company involved. 206.452.6630


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present Nurse of the Year events. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights, honoring more nurses than ever before. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.

Nurse of the Year Executive Leadership Team
Ruth Flint, St. Joseph Medical Center, CHI Fransican Health (Event Chair)

Margo Bykonen, Swedish First Hill, Swedish Medical Center
Diana Brovold, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, MultiCare Health System
Julie Clayton, Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Nancee Hofmeister, EvergreenHealth
Michelle James, St. Peter Hospital, Providence Health & Services
Susan Manfredi, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medicine
Kevin O'Connor, LifeCenter Northwest
Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Scott Terry, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Providence Health & Services
Danuta Wojnar, College of Nursing, Seattle University 


Hundreds of nominations across the defined categories ranging from Advanced Practice to Surgical Services are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, the March of Dimes is proud to announce and honor the 2016 Nurse of the Year winners.

Advocacy for Patients - Gia Frank with Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Clinical Care - Shelley Gardner with University of Washington Medical Center

Clinical Care - Carole Smarr with MultiCare

Community Health and Public Health - Susan Johnson with EvergreenHealth

Distinguished Nurse of the Year - Terri Cunningham with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Education - Kathleen Murray with CHI Franciscan Health

Emergency - Dawnette Burns with St. Clare Hospital
Front Line Leader - Cyndy Aiello with Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Hospice, Home Health Palliative Care - Fabio Zamora with Group Health
Nursing Administration and Leadership - Grace Parker with University of Washington Medical Center  
Nursing Administration and Leadership - Debra Sperling with Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Pediatric - Ashley Van Drunen with Seattle Children's Hospital
Rising Star - Robin Tarter with Group Health

Surgical/Procedural - Stephanie Covel with UW - Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

Women's Health - Karen Kim with MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital