Thank you for supporting
Nurse of the Year, Washington

DATE: Friday, November 15, 2019  |  Time: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Washington State Convention Center
ADDRESS: 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

For more information please contact Kristen Miller at or (206) 452-6640


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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! The deadline for nominations is August 2nd
and the deadline for nominees to submit their applications is August 16th. 

     2019 Nominations Categories
 Advocacy for Patients | Ambulatory Care | Behavioral Health Clinical Care | Distinguished Nurse of the Year
 Education | Emergency | Front Line Leader | Nursing Administration and Leadership Nursing Technology/Analytics 
 Pediatric | Research Advancement | Rising Star Transitional Care Nursing | Women’s Health

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!
Julie Eldridge - Mary Bridge Children's Hospital - Pediatric 
Angela Rodriguez - Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Ambulatory Care
Carol Share - Seattle Children's Hospital - Nursing Technology/Analytics
Kyle Courtney Stanton - St. Anthony Hospital - Clinical Care
Julianne Bell - Kaiser Permanente - Clinical Care
Aletheia Vinson - Virginia Mason Medical Center - Front Line Leader
Betsy Gilbert - Virginia Mason Medical Center - Behavioral Health
Katherine Gildenhar - Seattle Children's Hospital - Transitional Care Nursing
Kelle Dragich - Swedish Medical Center - Women's Health
Katie Weller - St. Anthony Hospital - Emergency
Kasey Sporrong - Swedish Medical Center - Emergency
Myriam Galbraith - St. Joseph Medical Center - Research Advancement
Patricia Blissitt - Swedish Medical Center | Harborview Medical Center - Education
Dana Nelson-Peterson - Virginia Mason Medical Center - Nursing Administration and Leadership
Melanie Edwards - Kaiser Permanente - Rising Star
Roxanne Raubacher - EvergreenHealth - Advocacy for Patients
Marilyn VanOostrum - Children's Village of Yakima - Distinguished Nurse of the Year



Advocacy for Patients
Those who go beyond the call of duty to advocate for patients.
Ambulatory Care
For those that treat patients that seek routine medical care for acute and chronic illnesses as well as injuries.
Behavioral Health - NEW
Those who work with Mental Health and Addictive Services.
Clinical Care
Those who demonstrate excellence in delivering care directly to the patient in any clinical setting.
Distinguished Nurse of the Year
Those whose contributions and accomplishments have had an extraordinary influence within the nursing profession in Washington.
Those that have made significant contributions in education, professional development, and/or long-term learning of nursing professionals.
Those who work in emergency rooms, flight services and ambulance services.
Front Line Leader
Includes those 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.
Nursing Administration and Leadership
Includes CNE’s, CNO’s, VP’s, Administrative Directors, and Department Directors/Managers.
Nursing Technology/Analytics – NEW
Includes those in all settings and all levels who demonstrate leadership in implementation, adoption, or optimization of technology or the use of data or data analytics.
Those 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
Those 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
Those who, within the first 18 months of practice exemplify outstanding caring, leadership, and professionalism.
Transitional Care Nursing - Updated
Nursing Care provided to patients/families in non-hospital settings such as skilled nursing centers, assisted living, home health, public health and hospice.
Women's Health
Those 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 lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. 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.


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 Kristen Miller for more information and to learn how to get your company involved. 


Join us as we honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community while also raising valuable funds for the March of Dimes. We are excited to be adding a networking coffee hour before the awards breakfast begins. From 7am-8am we will offer coffee and the opportunity to network with other nursing professionals. At 8am we will start seating guests and the program will start at about 8:30am.