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Time is on your side: Submit a GEM nomination today

Time. We measure it, write about it and worry it’s going too fast. We look forward to it, enjoy it and think back on it. It’s the subject of things scientific and poetic and it’s often defined as infinite and endless. And just when it seems to be running out, somehow there’s always more of it.

So if you’ve been meaning to find time to submit a nomination on a nurse you think is a true gem in our profession, a nurse you believe could be one of this year’s finalists or winners, I have good news: We’re giving you more time to get it done! It’s not too late for you and your nominee to be part of the 2016 nursing excellence GEM program.

In our many and varied interactions with you and your nursing colleagues and in our initiatives, time and timing are important elements. We work to find time to showcase more and more nurses and the nursing profession in a multitude of ways in print and online, and to bring you news, updates and information. And each year we set aside time for our GEM program to introduce some of the finest nurses in the country to you and to honor, recognize and celebrate them at our annual GEM events.

Nurses you work with could be among those we honor this year. It’s up to you. Don’t lose track of time in the weeks that remain. We’ve made this year’s process more convenient and user-friendly than ever, so set time aside today to complete one of our online nomination forms at You’ll find easy instructions, sample nominations and some new tips that will help you write a great nomination for one of six categories: Excellence in Clinical Nursing; Excellence in Community Care; Excellence in Education and Mentorship; Excellence in Executive Leadership; Excellence in Management; and Excellence in Volunteerism. Excellence can be found in every specialty, practice area and work setting, and there’s a description for each category at to help you decide which one will best highlight your gem.

It has always been our goal at to continue “Giving Excellence Meaning,” and for almost 30 years, we’ve been privileged to conduct an annual search that led us to some amazing nominees who became finalists and regional and national winners so deserving of the recognition that comes with being named GEMs. Each year we’ve been awed and inspired by their stories and their many contributions to nursing and healthcare. And this year will be no exception.

Please make time on your calendar right now to write a nomination on a nurse colleague you admire. Don’t delay. Time is on your side; nominations are being accepted online at until April 15. The nomination you send in could help us find one of this year’s brightest, shiniest GEMs. As we move through this final month of the 2016 nomination period and continue to read the submissions coming in from all across the nation, we hope to find your nominee’s story among them.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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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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