Cherokee Uniforms has announced it is accepting nominations until Aug. 1 for its 10th annual Inspired Comfort Award, which recognizes “extraordinary nurses and non-physician healthcare professionals who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation in patient care and serve as an inspiration to colleagues, peers, families and friends,” according to a news release.
The five nomination categories are: RNs, APNs, LPNs/LVNs, nursing school students and other non-physician healthcare professionals. Candidates may be nominated in two categories, but can win in only one.
A panel of nurse leaders, Cherokee professionals and former award recipients will determine the winners by choosing which candidates best meet the programs criteria of exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation.
The grand prize, a Caribbean cruise for two, will be awarded to the winners of each nomination category. Additional winners in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2013 U.S. medical conference of their choice and an annual membership to their preferred clinical association.
All winners also will receive a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear worth more than $1,000, a crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin, a year-long subscription to Scrubs — the nations first lifestyle magazine for nurses — and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY Foundation.
To help celebrate the awards 10th anniversary, those who nominate any winner will receive a $500 Cherokee medical wardrobe and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY Foundation. Any institution named on more than 200 eligible nominations will be awarded a $1,000 unrestricted grant.
Nominations must contain an accurate description of at least 100 words about the candidates exceptional performance, which must have taken place at least partially in 2011. For every healthcare professional nominated through Aug. 1, Cherokee Uniforms will make a donation to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to RNs facing serious hardship.
For more information, visit www.inspiredcomfort.com/blog or follow the award on Twitter (@InspiredComfort) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/cherokeeuniforms). Nominees, nominators and supporters are encouraged to communicate about their participation on Twitter using the hashtag #ICAward.
NOTE:The original entry deadline of June 30 has been extended to Aug. 1.