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State Award for Excellence

2022 State Award

Nominations for the State Award for Excellence Are Now Closed.

The prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) State Award for Excellence, comprised of two separate awards, is granted annually to deserving nurse practitioners (NPs) and NP advocates.

The NP State Award for Excellence is given to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice and has shown efforts to advance the image, profile and visibility of NPs at the state level.

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators and educators. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs.

In addition to the distinction of being named 2023 AANP State Award for Excellence recipients, those selected will receive the following from AANP:

  • All recipients will receive a waiver of their registration fee for the 2023 AANP National Conference.
  • Recipients who are current AANP members will receive a one-year extension of their membership, beginning at the current renewal date.
  • Non-AANP members who are recipients of state awards will be given a one-year complimentary AANP membership.
  • All recipients will receive a complimentary one-night stay at a conference hotel for the night of the Salute to the States award ceremony and reception.
  • Recipients will be recognized during the 2023 AANP National Conference, which is currently planned to be held in New Orleans in June 2023.

About the State Awards

  • Nomination Requirements

    Only one award may be given per category in each state. Groups and organizations are not eligible to receive these awards. Elected leaders, including AANP Board of Directors members, AANP Fellows leadership, AANP State Liaisons and AANP Nomination Council members, do not qualify for awards during their term in office. AANP Awards Committee members are not eligible for award nomination due to a conflict of interest.

    The nominator must be a current individual AANP member to submit a candidate for a state award; however, the candidate does not have to be an AANP member.

  • Likert Scale Scoring

    Nominations are scored on the following Likert Scale:

    • Zero — Demonstrates no impact of the metric being evaluated.
    • One — Demonstrates minimally the metric being evaluated.
    • Two — Demonstrates partially the metric being evaluated.
    • Three — Demonstrates the metric on a state-level scale at least once.
    • Four — Exhibits clear demonstrations of the metric on a state-level scale.
    • Five — Is a recognized state leader with several demonstrations of the metric on a state-level scale.
  • Criteria for the NP State Award for Excellence

    This individual has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice as evidenced by compassionate, appropriate and effective patient care. The award recipient has shown efforts to advance the image, profile and visibility of NPs at the state level in three or more of the following areas:

    • Served as a role model for other NPs and NP students.
    • Demonstrated a commitment to continuous professional development of self and others.
    • Provided positive impact on patients and colleagues through the establishment of professional relationships with the understanding of diversity, equity and inclusivity in health care delivery.
    • Demonstrated leadership experience at the state level that supports and promotes the NP profession.
    • Provided mentorship or guidance by precepting future NPs.
    • Succeeded in building strategic partnerships, coalitions or alliances that have contributed to improved outcomes for individuals, families or communities.
    • Utilized evidence-based research to enhance the quality of care NPs provide to patients, families or communities.
    • Utilized innovative strategies to provide a positive impact on patients.
  • Criteria for the Advocate State Award for Excellence

    This individual has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs through ongoing work in policy, practice and education at the state level in three or more of the following areas:

    • Supported and promoted the role of NPs.
    • Increased awareness and recognition of NPs and NP practice.
    • Had a positive impact on the NP profession.
    • Engaged in policy issues in the legislative or regulatory arenas that impact NP practice.
    • Provided mentorship and leadership in health policy, practice or education for NPs.
    • Influenced health policy legislation by advocating for the removal of practice barriers which has led to the advancement of the NP profession at the state level.
    • Recognized as a visionary leader at the state level for NPs in health policy, practice or education.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Background of State Award for Excellence

    The NP State Award for Excellence was founded in 1991 by the AANP Public Relations Committee to recognize an individual NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the Advocate State Award for Excellence was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and recognition of NPs. Although the awardees are recognized at a Salute to the States ceremony during the AANP national conference, individual states are expected to formally honor the awardees at an appropriate time and place within the state, at the discretion of the AANP State Liaison.

    How many awards are given annually?

    Only one award per category may be given in each state annually. One award focuses on the NP and the other on an advocate for NPs.

    Who is eligible to receive these awards?

    The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice and has shown efforts to advance the image, profile and visibility of NPs at the state level.

    The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators and educators. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs.

    Elected leaders, including AANP Board of Directors members, AANP Fellows leadership, AANP State Liaisons and AANP Nomination Council members, do not qualify for awards during their term in office. AANP Awards Committee members are not eligible for award nomination due to a conflict of interest.

    Are groups or organizations eligible for this award?

    This award is given to an individual NP or advocate. Groups or organizations are not eligible to receive this award.

    Do you have to be a member of AANP to nominate or to be nominated?

    You must be an AANP member to nominate an individual; however, the individual nominated does not have to be an AANP member.

    How are people nominated?

    On July 19, the State Award for Excellence nominations announcement will be published on the AANP website and emailed to AANP state liaisons and board members. On July 21, an announcement will be published in SmartBrief and e-Bulletin and emailed to all AANP members. To be considered, nominations must have been received by September 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    How are the recipients chosen?

    Each AANP State Liaison organizes a selection committee of three to five individuals — among and apart from the NP community — to select the recipient(s) from their state, district or territory. Each state selection committee utilizes a blind review process for nominations. Nominees are ranked, and a recipient is determined.

    How are the recipients notified?

    Upon selection, the state liaison will contact the recipient(s) and AANP will send congratulatory emails to the recipients. AANP will notify the nominators of those who are not selected as award recipients. There will not be a notification sent to nominees who are not selected to receive awards, since they are often unaware of their nomination.

    What does the recipient receive?

    • All recipients will receive a waiver of their registration fee for the 2023 AANP National Conference.
    • Recipients who are current AANP members will receive a one-year extension of their membership, beginning at the current renewal date.
    • Non-AANP members who are recipients of state awards will be given a one-year complimentary AANP membership.
    • All recipients will receive a complimentary one-night stay at a conference hotel for the night of the Salute to the States award ceremony and reception.
    • Recipients will be recognized during the 2023 AANP National Conference, which is currently planned to be held in New Orleans in June 2023.

    What is the deadline to submit nominations?

    Nominations for the 2023 AANP State Award for Excellence will remain open from July 19 to September 9. Nominations must have been received by AANP no later than September 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET (10:59 p.m. CT).


2022 State Award for Excellence Recipients

Congratulations to the individuals highlighted below, who received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2022.

  • Region 1 Awardees: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT

    Connecticut

    Nurse Practitioner: Kim Gambino
    Advocate: Kimberly Sandor

    Massachusetts

    Nurse Practitioner: Constance Flynn
    Advocate: Ronald Mariano

    Maine

    Nurse Practitioner: Theresa Knowles
    Advocate: Pamela Cahill

    New Hampshire

    Nurse Practitioner: Siobhan Benham
    Advocate: Kimberlie Mohan

    Rhode Island

    Nurse Practitioner: Mary Lavin
    Advocate: James McDonald

    Vermont

    Nurse Practitioner: Emily LeVan
    Advocate: Ellen Watson

  • Region 2 Awardees: NJ, NY and Puerto Rico

    New Jersey

    Nurse Practitioner: Maura Abbott
    Advocate: Arthur DeSimone

    New York

    Nurse Practitioner: Margaret O'Donnell
    Advocate: Evelyn Addo-Wallace

    Puerto Rico

    Nurse Practitioner: Sylvia Pérez
    Advocate: Angelica Matos-Rios

  • Region 3 Awardees: D.C., DE, MD, PA, VA and WV

    District of Columbia

    Nurse Practitioner: Kathleen Malliarakis
    Advocate: Lisa Covel

    Delaware

    Nurse Practitioner: Rebecca Hammond
    Advocate: Susan Conaty-Buck

    Maryland

    Nurse Practitioner: Kamala Via
    Advocate: Adelaide Eckardt

    Pennsylvania

    Nurse Practitioner: Tarik Khan
    Advocate: Lisa Boscola

    Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Carole Everhart
    Advocate: Jennifer Kiggans

    West Virginia

    Nurse Practitioner: Anitra Ellis
    Advocate: Heather Tully

  • Region 4 Awardees: KY, NC, SC and TN

    Kentucky

    Nurse Practitioner: Donna Isfort
    Advocate: Scotty Combs

    North Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Ragan Johnson
    Advocate: Gale Adcock

    South Carolina

    Nurse Practitioner: Margaret Johnson
    Advocate: Brad Hutto

    Tennessee

    Nurse Practitioner: Bobby Bellflower
    Advocate: Mavis Schorn

  • Region 5 Awardees: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI

    Illinois

    Nurse Practitioner: Ricki Loar
    Advocate: Susan Swart

    Indiana

    Nurse Practitioner: Sonya Ruedlinger
    Advocate: Caitlin Krouse

    Michigan

    Nurse Practitioner: Jordana Latozas
    Advocate: Jacquelen Timm

    Minnesota

    Nurse Practitioner: Jennifer Bold
    Advocate: Natalie Mohammad

    Ohio

    Nurse Practitioner: Tina Resser
    Advocate: Jordan Bonomo

    Wisconsin

    Nurse Practitioner: Rachael Cabral-Guevara
    Advocate: Patrick Testin

  • Region 6 Awardees: AR, LA, OK and TX

    Arkansas

    Nurse Practitioner: Rhonda Finnie
    Advocate: Dave Wallace

    Louisiana

    Nurse Practitioner: Erin Pierce
    Advocate: Marc Matrana

    Oklahoma

    Nurse Practitioner: Kristy Baker
    Advocate: Lois Salmeron

    Texas

    Nurse Practitioner: Alvin Mena Cantero
    Advocate: Casey Haney

  • Region 8 Awardees: CO, MT, ND, SD, UT and WY

    Colorado

    Nurse Practitioner: Sara Schaefer
    Advocate: Colleen Whalen-Casper

    Montana

    Nurse Practitioner: Heidi Fritz
    Advocate: David King

    North Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Mykell Barnacle
    Advocate: Jenna Herman

    South Dakota

    Nurse Practitioner: Deb Hickman
    Advocate: Robin Arends

    Utah

    Nurse Practitioner: Kimberlee Bayless
    Advocate: Doug Welton

    Wyoming

    Nurse Practitioner: Kathleen Petro
    Advocate: Heith Waddell

  • Region 9 Awardees: AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV and Pacific U.S. Territories

    Arizona

    Nurse Practitioner: Katie Wall
    Advocate: Christy Pacheco

    California

    Nurse Practitioner: Serena Arts
    Advocate: Ron Ordona

    Hawaii

    Nurse Practitioner: Katrina Lu
    Advocate: Mandi Cumming

    New Mexico

    Nurse Practitioner: Kathy Fresquez-Chavez
    Advocate: Elaine Brightwater

    Nevada

    Nurse Practitioner: Michelle Giddings-White
    Advocate: Sally Miller

  • Region 10 Awardees: AK, ID, OR and WA

    Alaska

    Nurse Practitioner: Tracey Wiese
    Advocate: Stephanie Wrightsman-Birch

    Idaho

    Nurse Practitioner: Melody Weaver
    Advocate: Kristine Theis

    Oregon

    Nurse Practitioner: Noelle McLaughlin
    Advocate: Rachel Prusak

    Washington

    Nurse Practitioner: Marie Annette Brown
    Advocate: Joelle Fathi

  • Region 11 Awardees: AL, FL, GA, MS and U.S. Virgin Islands

    Alabama

    Nurse Practitioner: Melanie Hallman
    Advocate: Jim McClendon

    Florida

    Nurse Practitioner: Monica Barfield
    Advocate: Vicky Stone-Gale

    Georgia

    Nurse Practitioner: Regina Canty
    Advocate: Lisa Eichelberger

    Mississippi

    Nurse Practitioner: Derek Holt
    Advocate: Russ Latino