Institute Awards

Institute Awards

2017 Maria and Sam Miller Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony

Across Cleveland Clinic hospitals, nurses are consistently the largest employee group. To recognize their invaluable contribution to patient care, we have a robust group of awards honoring those within our institution.

Do you know a nurse who:

  • Courageously inspires hope & touches the human spirit?
  • Exemplifies the highest standards of quality & patient safety?
  • Dedicates a career to exceptional patient care, mentoring or evidence-based practice?
  • Collaborates to promote teamwork & quality outcomes?

2018 nominations are closed.

National Nurses Week

During National Nurses Week, Cleveland Clinic honors and recognizes its nurses. A central feature of Nurses Week at Cleveland Clinic is the presentation of annual excellence awards, given each year to select nursing, clinical and administrative personnel whose efforts exemplify the ideals and goals of nursing. Each award is named for a Cleveland Clinic nursing employee who exemplified the ideals and objectives of the nursing profession.

Nursing Research Fund Award

The Purpose of the Nursing Research Fund (NURF) Award is to help Cleveland Clinic nurses, especially those providing clinical nursing services, conduct nursing research that promotes evidence-based nursing and management practices that lead to quality patient outcomes, enhanced nursing processes, and professional development.

Monies in the Fund are provided by patients and their families in recognition of nursing care received during hospitalizations. Additional contributions to the Fund are made from private donations and honorariums from nursing staff members for presentations and other professional work done in conjunction with their staff role.

Awards up to a maximum of $2,500/each aid registered nurses in conducting research and can be used to provide time to collect data, offset costs of supplies and equipment and statistical analysis, or to travel to a meeting to present findings. It is expected that research results will be shared within the Division of Nursing and to other departments, as appropriate and that generalizable results will be translated into nursing practice. A maximum of $15,000 in awards are presented annually.

National Awards

National Awards

Cleveland Clinic has a national reputation as a top hospital and our nurses play a vital role in this success. We are proud to present those nurses who have received national recognition for their contribution to our model of world-class care.

2016 National Award Winners

Lynette Nied, MSN, RN, CNP, received the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence for the state of Ohio.

Toni Zito, MSN, RN, CPAN, received the 2016 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses “Above and Beyond” service award, which recognizes preoperative and PACU nurses for their outstanding contributions to local facilities and the organization.

2015 National Award Winners

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NEBC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, was named a 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was one of 163 nurse leaders from across the country to be inducted during the Academy’s annual policy conference.

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN,CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Presidential Citation at the organization’s Critical Care Congress.

2014 National Award Winners

Julie Green, RN, was recognized for outstanding professional achievement as the winner of the 2014 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Clinical Practice Award.

Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, received the GAPNA Award for Excellence in Research. The award is from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Several nurses were presented with the 2014 Annual Infection Specialty Award by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. They were recognized for outstanding research contributions for their team abstract “A RCT of Infection Rates in ICU Environments by EKG Lead Wire Type: Disposable and Cleaned, Reusable.” Recipients included Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NEBC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN; Ellen Slifcak, BA, RN; Katrina M. Hartig, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC; Gregory Horvath, RN, BA, MBA; Heather Lachiewicz, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNML; Victoria Rhoades, BSN, RN, CCRN; Terri Murray, MSN, RN; Joel D. Roach, BA; Rosslyn Van Den Bossche, MBA, BSN, RN; Nemy Vargas, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN; and Sue Wilson, BSN, RN.

Previous Winners

Learn about more of our previous year's national award winners.

View list of awards and recognitions.

Award Categories

Award Categories

The Stanley Shalom Zielony institute for Nursing Excellence proudly honors its nurses for their outstanding achievements and dedicated commitment to the nursing profession annually though the Maria and Sam Miller Nursing Excellence Awards.

These awards are our organization’s most prestigious nursing honors. The nurses who receive these awards epitomize Cleveland Clinic’s values of quality, innovation, teamwork, service, integrity and compassion. Nominations are submitted by fellow caregivers and physician colleagues, patients and volunteers.

Below are the 2018 award categories.