Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, is the Director of Clinical Education & Research at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
The ANPD awards are presented each year at ANPD's Annual Convention. The awards ceremony is a wonderful time to recognize the wonderful work that is done by NPD Practitioners. These awards celebrate the Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioners that have demonstrated excellence in the practice of Nursing Professional Development. There are eight awards and each award aligns with the new Scope and Standards. The updated award categories will be based on the roles of the NPD Practitioner. The roles are: Learning Facilitator, Change Agent, Mentor, Leader, Champion for Scientific Inquiry, Advocate for NPD Specialty, and Partner for Practice Transition. Belinda E. Puetz Award criteria will remain the same.
The Recognition Committee encourages you to think of your coworkers, peers, affiliates and ANPD members who portray the excellence that should be recognized. Self submissions are highly encouraged. Don't shy away from nominating yourself. There are many departments of one NPD Practitioner, each providing wonderful programs, so take the time to self-submit and recognize yourself.
NPD Week provided us with the opportunity to celebrate our profession and practice. Let's take the opportunity to extend that into the ANPD awards and think about potential nominees, including yourself.