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We have our 2016 GEM nursing excellence finalists!

You nominated them, we selected them, and now it’s time to meet the 2016 GEM finalists. 

The past six months have been busy and exciting ones at, as we worked on the first phase of our 2016 GEM Awards program — the phase that starts with the opening of our nomination period and ends with the naming of our finalists.

We began in January by inviting you to write and submit nominations online at for nurses you work with and admire — nurses whose knowledge, professionalism, talents and skills you saw so clearly in what they do every day as your co-workers, supervisors, students, managers or teachers. We knew that in asking you for these nominations you’d be helping us find nurses who represent the best of the best our profession has to offer — nurses who are truly worthy of being part of our 2016 GEM Awards program. And as is the case each year for almost three decades now, you didn’t disappoint us.

You sent in hundreds of nominations on nurses from all around the country that told amazing stories of care and caring, leadership and legislation, management and mentorship, research and rescues. And as much as the stories were the same in their greatness, each was different in its detail. They were set in classrooms and community clinics; in emergency rooms and board rooms; in coronary care units and correctional facilities. The nurses were both new grads and seasoned practitioners who worked in rural as well as city settings, in small hospitals and large medical centers. Based on their roles, you nominated them in one of five categories of clinical nursing, management, community care, education and mentorship and executive leadership. Singularly, the work of each was brilliant; collectively, it formed the stellar group we now call our 2016 GEM finalists.

Read all about finalists in each region here:

Mid-Atlantic states

Midwest states

Northeast states

South and New GEM states

West states

Each year as we open our nomination period, we wait with great anticipation to see the nominees you will send us and wonder which ones among them will become finalists after the sorting, blinding, judging and scoring by our nurse leaders. Each year we are awed by their achievements and accomplishments and by the many contributions they make to our profession and the nation’s healthcare in countless ways. We are inspired by how worthy they are and humbled by the honor that is ours in naming them GEM finalists.

The time has come in this year’s program to tell you, “We have our finalists!” There are almost 150 finalists from states in our West, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions and from our South & New GEM states group. We can’t wait for you to meet them and read all about them and their stories of excellence; all you have to do is log on to I hope your nominee is among them, and as a nurse I know you’ll be as proud as I am to call them your colleagues!

At we believe in the work nurses do and the difference they make in the lives of so many, and since the founding of our company we’ve made it our mission to recognize and celebrate that. That’s why we have our GEM Awards program each year, and why I’m so happy to tell you now that we have our 2016 finalists. Please stay tuned for details on the next phase of our GEM program during which we will host GEM Awards dinners in four cities to celebrate our finalists and who among them will be named our 2016 regional winners. More to come on our national GEM winners later in the year.

Congratulations to each and every one of our finalists!


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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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