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Nurse GEMs and gemologists

In the jewelry world, valuable gems are described with words such as “rare,” “precious,” “choice” or “prized” because each one is special and different and unlike any other. Each has its own worth and unique characteristics and qualities. In searching for a gem, we want to find the one that’s best — the one that stands out from the rest. To help us in our search, we often turn to a gemologist, the expert and specialist in gems.

At, we do the same each year, as we search for nurse GEMs in our nursing excellence program. We know the many talents and skills nurses have. We also know nurses are in the best position to recognize these talents and skills in their colleagues. So each year we turn to you, our nurse readers, our very own gemologists, to help us find our nurse GEMs in the many stories of excellence your nominations tell us.

Submitting a nomination can be just the start of a wonderful opportunity for you to celebrate with, as we recognize our nurse GEMs in front of the whole nation — in print and online at or at one of our beautiful GEM Award dinners. These gala events will be held this year in August and September in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Teaneck, N.J., and you, the nurse you nominate and your facility may be there with us if your nominee is named a finalist.

He or she may then go on to become a regional winner or even one of our national winners and join the ranks of all past GEM awardees who are the best of the best in our profession. In having a GEM finalist or winner, your organization will become a proud part of a proud tradition of recognizing nursing excellence that has grown into the largest and most prestigious program of its kind in the nation. With your nomination, you and your facility will be joining with us in helping elevate the profession of nursing by shining the light of public recognition on the amazing work nurses do.

Our 2016 nomination period opened on Jan. 1 and will remain open until April 15. Nominations are coming in and we want yours to be among them. Don’t wait; submit your nomination today and be one of our nurse gemologists in the search for our 2016 GEMs!

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About the Author:

Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN
Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, continues to write and act as a consultant for Before joining the company in 1998, Eileen was employed by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York (now Northwell Health System) where she held a number of leadership positions in nursing and hospital administration, including chief nurse at two of their System hospitals. She holds a BSN and an MSN in nursing administration and is a graduate fellow of the Johnson & Johnson University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Nurse Executives program. A former board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing, Eileen currently is a member of the Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health Advisory Board.

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